Satellite is a California band that, for as long as I’ve known of them, have mainly stuck to the West Coast, so when I found out that they were playing in Chicago, I was excited to see them touring. Add in the fact that they played with Paper Route, which is a band the hubby really enjoys, and we just HAD to go to the show. I think lots of other people felt the same way because the show was sold out and packed!
Very rarely does a CD and a few YouTube videos impress me so much that I switch around my plans to make sure I can cover a show of an artist I hadn’t even heard of until that week.
In fact, I’m not sure that it has happened until David Ford.
One of my favorite publicists forwarded on some info about Ford and mentioned that he was playing at Schubas and if I’d like to cover the show… I would have liked to, but I was actually covering MER’s show that night (photos of that are forthcoming in the next few days), so I politely declined, with a promise to shoot next time he came around. But then I kept listening to the CD and pulled up a few YouTube videos of his live performances, and I was hooked. The next morning, I emailed the publicist back and asked if he knew the set time for Ford – that if I could, I’d juggle it so I could do both shows. Turns out, the set times worked perfectly, and the rest is history.
I’m so glad we went. The show really reminded me of a Butch Walker show – Ford is a bit more singer/songwriter-y – but the banter and stage presence was up to par with Butch, which is something I don’t say about anyone. Really, I can’t describe it. It was just a good show.
Check David Ford out here, you really should.
Gold Motel opened up for Butch Walker, which is a hard spot to be in. How do you impress Butch Walker fans, many of whom believe that Butch Walker is the ultimate in live performance (and I might be included in that statement)? However, Gold Motel was good, and I heard a lot of the audience members also saying that they enjoyed Gold Motel’s set.
Singer Greta Morgan might look (and sound) familiar to you. She was previously in the popular Chicago band The Hush Sound, and after they went on hiatus, she formed Gold Motel. Gold Motel has a similar sound, but a bit more laid back and throwbacky (don’t you love making up words?). It was a good choice for an opener for Butch, and I can see them playing together again.
If you want to check Gold Motel out, visit their Myspace.
This is a short post because I actually went to this show to enjoy it, and not as much to take pictures. Of course, I brought along my camera – but only one camera. I didn’t fight to get front and center either.
There are few performers that are more entertaining than Butch Walker. Not only is he funny and engaging to the crowd, but he’s just good. Naturally good. Everything he does is good. He can do a random cover on the fly, not know half the words or all the chords, and it’s still much better than many other bands that rehearse their hearts out. I’ve been going to Butch Walker shows for about 8 years now, and I never tire of them. I’ve seen him solo and with supporting bands – and I must say, he’s much better without the distraction of backing bands. That’s one of the reasons I was so excited about this show; despite a new band and a new CD being released, it was a solo gig (kind of)!
Butch did four shows at Schubas (which is a tiny, intimate venue), and they all sold out very quickly. The first three nights, he performed three of his albums in their entirety, and the last night (the one I went to) was just a hodgepodge. I’m so glad we went to the last night. He tried to avoid songs that were on the three albums he performed from, so the hour and half that he played was filled with random covers, old songs, songs that have never seen the light of day, and all sorts of tidbits. It was very laid back and casual – “Suspicious Minds” was even sung since it was Elvis’ birthday. It was okay that Butch didn’t know all the words.