Thanksgiving is a time for comfort, with going home and visiting family and participating in those familiar feasts. Musically, this weekend was a coming home as well. First was Catie Curtis at Nighttown, then on Saturday I went to see Dan Bern at the Beachland Tavern. I wouldn't be surprised if I started listening to both of these artists on the same week back some 15 years ago. Seeing them again is comfort indeed.
This was an (extremely) early show for the Beachland on a Saturday night (and a seated show to boot). Opening was Diana Chittester, who should be right up my alley, but fell pretty flat (like her exposed tummy). Moving on…
My shows with Dan have sometimes been a mixed bag - but this night was one of his best. With an amazing multi-instrumentalist by his side, Dan wooed the crowd with his witty banter and cool demeanor. If there's one word that comes to mind about Dan, it's authentic. This guy is the real deal.
There's something about his stories of wine, women, weed and baseball that make me want to live in his world (well, at least 2 out of the 4). He's incredibly intelligent and definitely connected to the human reality. It's incredibly refreshing. Especially when he can write a song for the OSU win over Michigan for an audience that night (and it be a fun, enjoyable song!). As Dan puts it, you won't be getting that from Carley Rae Jepsen (I don't even care if I spelled that right). :-)
He ended the night with a couple tracks performed amongst the audience. A wonderful treat. It's hard to not smile ear to ear.