Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Acoustic Cafe Tour (1/29/12)

Erin McKeown with Carrie Rodriguez & Kelly Joe Phelps - at Nighttown - YES PLEASE.  This was another year of a traveling Acoustic Cafe tour supporting artists and the Acoustic Cafe radio program.  While I guess Carrie Rodriguez has at the "helm" this show was really about Erin McKeown for me.  Having seen Erin several times before, I was really excited to see her in this venue - which I had actually already seen Carrie Rodriguez. I wasn't too familiar with Kelly Joe Phelps - but was willing to learn.

The first half of the show had each artist performing a couple songs of their own, typically with a transition parter to then perform their own set.  Not bad.  The second half was all three performing together.  I'll reluctantly admit that things did seem a bit off… like Erin & Carrie were really trying to work things up - but Kelly gave off this old grump mentality.  I only note this because I've seen how good these kinds of shows can be - and this wasn't quite there.  But then, I could see just about anything at Nighttown and be super-pleased in that venue.

Check out some pics, and there's a clip of an article talking about the tour below...

Acoustic Cafe Tour (1/29/12)

Acoustic Cafe Tour (1/29/12)

Carrie Rodriguez helms "Acoustic Cafe" tour

Austin singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carrie Rodriguez will host the third annual "An Acoustic Cafe Evening" trek, sharing the stage with Kelly Joe Phelps, Erin McKeown and Pieta Brown along the way.

The singer/songwriter-focused road trip, inspired by the syndicated radio show "Acoustic Cafe," gets underway Jan. 24 in Ann Arbor, MI, and cruises through the Midwest, stopping by clubs and theaters in 11 cities. The schedule is currently slated to wrap up Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.

Rodriguez will host and perform each evening, as will Phelps. McKeown will be part of the line-up through Jan. 30, after which Brown will join the tour."

(Continued... Carrie Rodriguez helms "Acoustic Cafe" tour)


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