We went see Sarah Harmer again. She has a new CD out and is early in the tour, playing two nights in Kingston. It was very good but the gods at the Grand are not built for the six foot four among us.
Kids at the folks. Sushi at Asha for dins. Nice night. Too tired to post so I'll do it tomorrow sometime. Some good clips.
The opening act was two electric guitars and a vibraphone. Natty.
Later: The next morning we are thinking that the show for good reasons was not as great as last year's. Sure she ditched the poxy Nathan Wiley - only to replace him as opening act with another Nathan...who only said "Hi, I'm Nathan" and so I had no idea who he is. Other than you can bet he is the only Nathan with a vibraphone backing him. [I now see that he is Nathan Lawr. Garrity may chastize me. Bracing.] The vibraphone was pretty amazing. [I hope that is how you spell vibraphone because it is fun saying it...you are reading these out loud to yourselves - aren't you?]
The real reason the main act was not so
good excellent is because it was early tour as opposed to late mid-tour. They have yet to tighten and determine some instrumentation things. They are solid musicians but, when last we met, it was a three person combo. Now at five members, it is starting to get super-groupish. As a result, the menace of "Loadstar", the final song, is somewhat dissipated. On the other hand, Ms. MacDonald, the new keyboardist and backup singer is a great vocal partner. At one point, Sarah asked for accoustic request and played "The Road" purely. "Uniform Grey" - close to a perfect song - was also extremely well done. All in all, great rather than excellent. Didn't play "Jolene" by Dolly Parton or her own ode to a potted plant "Oleander" - bookends of the girlie-alone song scale.
Again, I confirmed how out of fashion my white adidas with red stripes are yet - bizzarely - shirts that look like 1974 junior high nerd wear are entirely in. I refrained from going ball-capped.
Here are some short movie clips. Expect download delays. I hope the vibraphone is audible in the first three which are of the opening act. If you are wondering what the last one it, it is my feet leaving the theatre.
Hey! The Chumpster was there, too, all Harmer-lovey-like. Bet he is a skinny little guy who fits into balcony seats no problem.