It's easy to get my friends to go to pop shows, but I usually end up going to folk-type shows by myself. I thought this was going to be another one of those nights, but I was actually able to get my 3 friends from the Tennis show the night before to join me at the Beachland Tavern! Thankfully, a much earlier night. It was also a reacquaintance with performers I hadn't seen in some time.
Opening was Brent Kirby - a local legend. Well, maybe not a legend, but he's still really talented. I saw him a LONG time ago and it was fun to touch base again. I'd have to say much improved since 2005. As prolific as his is in the area, I'm looking forward to catching him again.
Eilen Jewell was next - and I just now pinpointed when I saw her last, at a Black Swam Arts Festival in 2008. I liked her before, but this time I fell in love. She was so entertaining and Eilen was casual and engaging on stage. Her sound was great, plenty of sad songs as the bluegrass / blues genre requires, but also some soul that kept it lively. I can't wait to see her again.