I really blew it..Jazz Mandolin Project is doing this wild concept show at the Regatta Bar and I'm instead going to see some granola bluegrass band sing about smoking pot.
The show was at the Roxy here in Boston. Interesting venue, never been before, pretty nice inside minus $9 drinks, a raised floor (letting only those on the raised floor see the show) and the security.
Crowd was wild either cause of the Sox last night or the booze or maybe Yonder? Anyway they are all into it. Most of the crowd was the type to jump and yell and they brought good energy to the venue. They had two huge big screen tvs playing the Sox game on both walls of the venue. Whenever the Sox would makea play the whole place erupted into cheers no matter what was going on on stage. The band were sports about it too cheering us on.
The music was good. I'm not really a fan but these guys are doing a fine job up on stage. They are great players..esspecially the guitarist and mandolinist. The mandolin playing was full of vibrant on the spot energy. Good stuff. Bass playing was good too with some decent vocals. I don't know many of the songs but they played Jesus on the Mainline, 100 years, Oklahoma, Up on the Hill do do the Boogie and some other stuff.
It was a good time seeing them esspecially if yer a fan. One thing I didn't enjoy was the awful sound quality. I don't think it was as much of mixing problem as them plugging their beautiful ACOUSTIC instruments into amps. It just sounds like shit. The twang goes overboard, it's sharp and shrill and is painful. Banjo and guitar especially suffer from this. I know they want the power but then they should just get a drummer. They would sound much much better playing into microphones IMO. Or getting better equipment. All the beautiful timber of their instruments is lost.
Ya can't ever argue with better gear...
If I'm remembering correctly Jeff (the mando player) is a HUGE BoSox fan, which would explain the ball game...
i think that's mainly yonder's crowd. at least in my experience. glad you had a good time!
Actually, Emily, Jeff Austin is a big Cubs fan, since he grew up in the Chicago area.
At least I had the right sport