Seeing Xavier Rudd again was such a treat - and a sort of another "coming home". His last show at House of Blues (7/24/07) was the first show I ever received a press pass for, and how thrilling it was - despite the embarrassment of my little point & shoot camera that I was using. Flash forward 5 years, 3 albums, and a much better camera - and I was giddy about this show.
As expected, there was a hassle at the box office (oh HOB). Upon walking in, I could tell this wasn't going to be the same as last time. This time he was solo on stage, a smaller crowd, and I could already see a bunch of drunk Browns fans meandering about (why were they there??). I was anticipating an acoustic nightmare.
Total props to Xavier because he was still as connected, sincere and relevant as ever. His blend of world, folk, drumbeat is equally uplifting and inspiring - despite the drunk Clevelanders yelling at inappropriate times. With a pared down stage & crowd, I would have much rather seen him perform at the Beachland Ballroom (omg I would LOVE that). I'm still a die hard Xavier fan and would follow him anywhere.