Barry Newton (Barry)
Post Number: 3
|Posted on Sunday, July 07, 2002 - 10:23 pm: |
Just now got home from the Panzer House concert in Columbia, MD. This has to be one of the finest ways to hear music there is: intimate venue, around 70 guests seated in a very comfortable private home; free food, supplemented with BYO desserts and alchohol. All monetary contributions go to the musicians, the hosts make their home available because they like good music.
And, of course, the best band working today. Jim will probably be on a little later with the set list, but I will say they were really hot tonight, and the audience hung on every note. I was happy to see some added cadenzas (= displays of instrumental virtuosity) in the numbers, but also enjoyed being able to hear perfectly the unamplified lyrics.
Tonight was the second time I've seen them with We're About Nine as an opening act, and it's obvious that there's a close bond between these groups. We're About Nine is a younger (and newer) group, but they're coming on strong.
OK, more from Jim G. a bit later, and Meridel should have some pictures online about mid-week.
(Message edited by barry on July 07, 2002)
Jim Greenlees (Jimgreenlees)
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Monday, July 08, 2002 - 7:24 am: |
First the set list, then the verbiage:
Breathe In/Breathe Out
Looking Forward/Looking Back
Coming Home - wherein Val showed the benefits of singing without need of amplification by touring the audience
Weight of the World
Everything You Got
Live Through This
Sitting on the Fence - preceded by a virtuoso drum solo by Gene. Val also managed to almost throw Gene off the beat at the end of the song with a "six more times!" prompting of the chorus.
Can You Believe - The first time I've heard this excellent song about traveling and touring and getting where you're going
Apocalyptic Love Song - Brendan told how this was written for a "post-apocalyptic Romeo and Juliet" for a touring theater company. The director hated everything the band showed him, however, so they took back this song. Take that, Mr. Director!
The Man is Gone - featuring another singing tour of the audience by Val
Diva Girl - every sly line caught and approved of by an appreciative audience
No Room in Your Bag - the tempo's picking up again on this
Day of Reckoning
Encore: Odometer Song
Barry caught the atmosphere of the show perfectly. The band set up in a vaulted living room (opening to the kitchen and central hallway), set back against the (curtained) picture windows. About three-quarters of the standing room only audience were seated in that room, with the remainder seated or standing in the kitchen or hall. The vaulted ceiling allowed for much better acoustics than you'd expect in a home, and the layout created a much more intimate atmosphere.
Several of the instrumental riffs started with the basic theme, took it on a tour of variations, and returned home again. The vocals were exquisite, and the accompaniment tight and focused. GrooveLily took the audience, wrapped the music around them, and didn't let them go until after the last notes died away. A memorable evening indeed.
Rob Bond (Rob_bond)
Post Number: 7
|Posted on Monday, July 08, 2002 - 7:27 am: |
Barry and Jim,
Thanks for your posts about yesterday's show.
Score one new (Rockville) Maryland Petal Pusher as a result of this performance! New Petal Pusher volunteers are one tangible measure of a show's effectiveness.
(Message edited by rob_bond on July 08, 2002)
|Posted on Monday, July 08, 2002 - 12:12 pm: |
Score another new (Severna Park) Maryland Petal Pusher from last night's show. My brother has been singing their praises for awhile and I finally had the opportunity to see the band last night at the Panzer's house. What a fabulous treat.
Thanks to the V/G/B for the great performance.
Thanks to the Panzers for a lovely evening.
Thanks to my brother, Bud, for giving me a clue.
I've already started recruiting friends for the BlackRock show next month. On with the Revolution!!
|Posted on Monday, July 08, 2002 - 12:33 pm: |
Welcome aboard, Jane! I am jealous that you live so close to so many shows. I am homesick for the east coast.
Jim Greenlees (Jimgreenlees)
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Monday, July 08, 2002 - 12:59 pm: |
Welcome to the Revolution! I'm glad you enjoyed the show so much. I never fail to come away from a GrooveLily show knowing I'd experienced something special. As I noted in my "review", this one was no different.
Thanks for recruiting for the August 3 performance (the true mark of a Quality Music Revolutionary!). The Black Rock Center is still too new to appear on MapQuest (the first scheduled performance is this week, and the official opening isn't until the fall). I'll post directions about a week before the show.
Up the Revolution,