Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rocky Votolato (7/7/10)

What originally stood out about this performance was that it was a house concert.  Particularly because I think the concept is *awesome* and would love to host my own at some point (soon).  From the beginning, I paid attention to the details of the setup and execution.  While that was happening, I started listening and really liking Rocky Votolato.  It became as much about him as being part of this house concert experience.

The performance location wasn't at all what I expected.  I'd only been to one other house concert, and this was probably back in 2003/04 when I saw Girlyman for the second time.  That was more of a formal, suburban affair, with seats, wine and cheese.  This night was a floor and a keg, and the occassional bottle of Makers Mark making the rounds.

Rocky Votolato
Rocky Votolato

Rocky Votolato was charming, humble and an amazing singer/songwriter/performer.  He had much more material than I was expecting, and quite the dedicated audience - for good reason.

Rocky Votolato

Afterward, we hung out a bit and got to chat with him. I even bought a copy of his new True Devotion LP (Barsuk) and even got it signed. You should get your own (from Insound).

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