Posted in music | tour dates on December 17, 2007

Cat Power and Delta Dirty Blues

Cat Power and the Dirty Delta Blues are playing some shows in February. That includes one on the 6th at Terminal 5 in NYC. Tickets are going on presale Wednesday via ETix, and then the rest will be on Ticketmaster on Friday or Saturday. Jukebox is out January 22nd. All dates below...

Cat Power - 2008 Tour Dates
Jan21 - Paris, FR Bataclan
Jan 27 - London, UK Shepherds Bush Empire
Feb 6 - NY @ Terminal 5
Feb 7 - Boston @ Orpheum Theatre
Feb 8 - Philadelphia @ Starlight Ballroom
Feb 9 - Toronto @ Kool Haus
Feb 10 -Chicago @ Vic Theatre
Feb 11 - Minneapolis @ First Avenue

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Comments (80)

I don't wanna be like one of those whiney bitches who moan about Webster Hall but I'm gonna be.

Terminal 5 is an awful venue. Crap location, worse sightlines, shitty sound and overpriced drinks.

Posted by Chris | December 17, 2007 4:54 PM

I can't really think of a worse venue for her. What a shame.

Posted by edwyn the bear | December 17, 2007 5:09 PM

I saw them when they opened for Built to Spill at McCarren over the summer, and I have to say, I much preferred Chan when she was a loopy singer-songwriter and not the frontwoman for a mostly boring blues band. Although maybe the appeal was lost in such a big outdoor setting (traded now for a big indoor setting, apparently).

Of course my personal preference for that whole day was Bob Mould as the opener, but that's neither here nor there.

Posted by Bob Loblaw | December 17, 2007 5:19 PM

Wow, three complaints in a row. Everybody wins!

Posted by Bob Loblaw | December 17, 2007 5:25 PM

I wish she were playing a sit-down theatre.

Posted by mat | December 17, 2007 5:33 PM

She should play Madison Square Garden again.

Posted by j | December 17, 2007 5:40 PM

She should play Keyspan Park again. Fixed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2007 5:55 PM

Oh what a fucking joke. Bowery Presents go fuck yourself. Putting Cat Power in the giant cavernous space eating echo shit sounding Terminal 5 is oh such a smart move you greedy dirtbags. Congrats, you have finally done it and killed all good will your company created over the years. You are now on par with Live Nation for being a money first, artist and fan experience second. Merry Xmas, assholes

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2007 6:15 PM

She did the sit down thing at Town Hall last record.. her new band & record is pretty straight up rock / soul.. I have not been to Terminal 5 but I have been to Roseland & Hammerstein which really are the only rooms you can compare Terminal 5 in terms of size...those place,s especially Roseland hold no dear place in my heart by any means.. I heard good things about The National shows at Terminal 5...big venues always have their downside I guess..

Posted by Jessie | December 17, 2007 6:19 PM

its' not just bowery, it's also Cat Power, she wants the cash, she could easily say "please let me play a nice venue", but she wants the most $$$ she can get--this is fact as someone that have dealt with booking her


Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2007 6:19 PM

anon 6:15 - do you need a hug?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2007 6:36 PM

This does seem like a very strange venue for her. If cashing in is her thing, there are plenty of more upscale venues that would do the trick.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2007 6:43 PM

"anon 6:15 - do you need a hug?"

No, thanks Bowery Presents lurker.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2007 6:54 PM

If people don't go, terrible venues like Terminal 5 will eventually close. At least people like her might stop playing there. Bowery did all music fans a disservice by opening that place. I remember how bad her extremely oversold Irving Plaza shows were. This will be ten times worse. Don't go to this shithole.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2007 7:04 PM

Anon 6:19 you are stating a complete lie right now. I actually do work for a booking agent and Cat Power has never been about that. You can say I have an axe to grind working for another company than Bowery.but this concert promoter is placing a band in the wrong venue based on money and not artistry.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2007 7:55 PM

Looks like I'll be going to Philly. The Starlight Ballroom is a decent enough venue.

Posted by Charlie | December 17, 2007 8:13 PM

Yep again....NYC promoters screwing up.....www.r5productions.com always puts on the best shows

Sean Agnew should start booking shows in NYC....He's done so much for Philly

Go away Bowery Presents (booking Foo Fighters, Natalie Merchant, Siberian Orchestra, etc...who's next on the list? Hannah Montana?! Cool!)

Posted by R5 | December 17, 2007 8:50 PM

and she's playing the orpheum in boston, another sit down venue. what the fuck bowery, at least book her at the apollo?

Posted by mat | December 17, 2007 9:02 PM

This brings up a favorite point of mine - Webster Hall is actually a really good place to see a concert. I recently managed to buy some extra tickets for Jose Gonzalez's "sold out" show there, all the while dreading the experience.

Well, the sound was great, the lighting was unobtrusive and well-done, it was easy to find a place to stand with a decent view of the show and in all it was a beautiful show.

I mean - Terminal 5 IS much more cavernous and impersonal but I think so many people are wrong about Webster and maybe you should give it a chance.

Posted by Jersey | December 17, 2007 9:10 PM

Ok..so if this show doesn't play at Terminal 5 for Bowery Presents then it plays for Live Nation at Roseland or Hammerstein Ballroom..thats a given...
Cat Power has been at it for a good 12 / 13 years at this point I think she deserves to make some money especially in New York...plus what seated theaters in NYC compare in size to Terminal 5 ? Beacon Theatre ? The union stagehands get more money than artists at most NYC theaters unless you want to charge $50 tickets. Also, you cant really compare NYC with Philadelphia..apples and oranges..or compare Terminal 5 with Webster Hall (Webster is 1/2 the size) I wonder if all the people that are complaining about Terminal 5 have actually been there and if so have also been to Roseland and Hammerstein.
Cat Power is a big artist and big artists play big venues and want to get paid well, why are people surprised by this ? Are The Shins , The National and Blonde Redhead & all the other bands greedy as well for playing at Terminal 5 ?

Posted by RT | December 17, 2007 9:53 PM

it's obviously some miserable fucks who are jealous of Bowery Presents. Probably Live Nation employees. Terminal 5 is fine for it's size. It's not the Bowery Ballroom, but that because it's several times it's size.
Some of the complainers here actually sound like they are personally offended by Terminal 5... get a fucking life.
I heard that Live Nation actually pulled Ron Delsner out of his house to come speak out against Terminal 5 at community board meetings when they were trying to open. I have no doubt that the same kind of bitterness and competition is at hand here.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2007 10:01 PM

Terminal 5 is awful. Listen, I suspect Bowery is a good group but the venue is godawful. Give me a crowded Irving Plaza anyday - Terminal 5 is hands down the worst. It's definitely not fine for its size.

Posted by Doug C | December 17, 2007 10:13 PM

Terminal 5 is 3 times larger than Irving Plaza.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2007 10:33 PM

terminal 5 is THE worst.

Posted by juan | December 17, 2007 10:50 PM

Umm well she could have played at Town Hall, Beacon Theater, Theater @ MSG, Licoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Radio City Music Hall....come on list goes on

Posted by yes | December 17, 2007 10:52 PM

She plays all the time. She played a show tonight in NYC for christ sake. Get a clue people.

Posted by rocked the shit | December 17, 2007 11:10 PM

While the Shins might have just most recently played Terminal 5, it should be noted that last March they played at the Theatre @ MSG.

Posted by Renee | December 17, 2007 11:27 PM

I dont see what all the drama is about, Cat Powers sucks and it's a shame cuz her band is quite talented. I saw her open for Interpol @ MSG and all she sang was covers and all she cared about was posing for pictures. She has a good voice, but she is boring and unoriginal.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2007 11:57 PM

She's releasing a covers album. That's why she sang covers. Get a clue!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 12:14 AM

Oh yes, now I understand, make a covers album and sing all covers at your shows so that you don't have to too much work. Ah ok, silly me. I think as an "artist" she is the one who needs a clue.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 12:26 AM

Her covers are not the traditional covers. She reinterprets and reinvents songs. A joy to listen to. So yes at MSG she was playing covers because she was working them out with her brand new band as they were in the studio recording them at the time. Seriously get a clue.

And there are tons of seated places she could play in nyc as someone listed before. She could play two nights at webster and still make all that money she would make at terminal 5.

This is not about her being greedy, folks. This is all about Bowery Presents being exactly what they started out being against. The Live Nation greed machine. They wee about nurturing bands while building up their earning potential as well as maximizing the experience for the fan. Terminal 5 does not do this.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 1:02 AM

No west coast dates?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 5:38 AM

Oh yeah... setlist for last night's mini-set:

New York, New York
Naked If I want to
Tracks of My Tears
Could We

I, for one, am looking forward to seeing her at Terminal 5. The one thing about seeing Cat Power, is you never know quite what to expect.

When she tours, it's usually to play a certain set of songs, so obviously she's going to be playing a lot of the "Jukebox" stuff, and songs that came out of those sessions. She'll throw in some surprises, or maybe have a meltdown. Or perhaps, she's give an amazing performance. It does happen sometime. And I think a great performance outweighs a mediocre venue (and let's face it, Terminal 5 could be a LOT worse... just look at Roseland).

Posted by rocked the shit | December 18, 2007 7:20 AM

OMG, more "Terminal 5 sucks" comments! Awesome! Wonder how many of you have actually been there or are just regurgitating what your snobby hipster friends said...

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 9:46 AM

^^^^^Yeah that sounds like what a Bowery Presents owner or employee would say. Don't know about anyone else commenting but Yes i have been to Terminal 5 and can confirm it sucks balls.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 9:51 AM

Chan Marshall stays in $800 a day hotel rooms. So, her NY venue is probably about keeping up her lifestlye.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 10:04 AM

Anyone have the link for the ticket pre-sale?

Posted by CP | December 18, 2007 10:35 AM


>>>Chan Marshall stays in $800 a day hotel rooms. So, her NY venue is probably about keeping up her lifestlye. <<

Maybe she does, maybe she doesn't but she also does plenty of benefits & donates alot of money to charity & in fact is going to Africa for a month to help build wells in areas that have no fresh water supply

Not everyone / everything fits into what your perception of life is.

Posted by Joe | December 18, 2007 11:22 AM

the anti-bowery lurker strikes again

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 1:22 PM

"the anti-bowery lurker strikes again"

You must mean anti-bowery LURKERS. Seems there are many of them.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 1:44 PM

i'd rather pay 50 bucks to see a great intimate show at Beacon than 30 to see a crowded shitty sounding show at Terminal five


and for those that say she "deserves to make some money"

I think she's made plenty thank you, what with a chanel sponsorship

at her stage of the game, her fans DESERVE a good show more than she deserves an extra 10Grand

look what PJ harvey did, nice beautiful show at Beacon

she should take a cue

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 1:51 PM

ps. her fans ESPECIALL Deserve a good show from her considering all the shit ones she's given where she'd breakdown and leave the stage

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 1:52 PM

Let's compare Apple to Apples here...

Radio City - 6000
Roseland - 3500
WaMu - 3300 - 7000 (not sure how they claim 7000?)
United Palace - 3300
Beacon - 3100
T5 - 3000 capacity
Nokia - 2100
Town Hall - 1560
Webster - 1000
Irving - 900
Warsaw - 800
Gramercy - 700
Music Hall of W'burg - 550
Bowery Ballroom - 550

She should have played United Palace but Bowery owns T5 so that's going to be their preference for shows of this size. Neil Young played United Palace because he personally approves every venue. I would cut Chan a little slack since the venue is new (and she needs to pays her band too). She does a lot of NYC shows so vote with your $$ and wait for the next one.

Posted by No, you're a towel | December 18, 2007 2:50 PM

I just saw her at a benefit on Monday night, really intimate, maybe a couple hundred people, and it was uninspiring. I just kept thinking about how she was better on Youtube. Chaka Khan(who was on next as a special guest with some of the Dirty Delta Blues Band backing - and some others) blew Chan out of the water. Chan was boring. BORING.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 6:39 PM

Cat is boring boring boring.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 10:05 PM

You are boring.... and especially stupid if you think there is actually a person named "Cat Power"

Posted by James | December 18, 2007 11:29 PM

No, you're a towel, i think that the numbers you listed are off a little bit but even worse it has nothing to do with comparing apples to apples. Or even more so nothing to do with cutting her some slack cause she has to pay her band. You seem to be very clueless when it comes to the whole system of putting on a concert and booking bands.
She could have easily played multiple nights at a smaller better place that would afford her the same monetary earnings as well as make the experience for fans that much better especially with an artist such as this.
The problem is throwing all these bands who should not be playing in places the size and atmosphere of Terminal 5. That becomes all about money and total disregard for the people who pay to go.

I mean another example is The Mars Volta. Look at the rest of their tour. It is much smaller places better suited to the acoustics of this band. I can assure you that the sound they make in Terminal 5 will be horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 4:44 AM

His numbers were a little off (Ie. Webster Hall is 1400 cap , Irving 1025) But its not like you have a huge clue on the whole matter either. Actually most of you don't but that never stops anyone from talking as if they do.. its expensive to be in NYC for a few days if you are touring band with a crew..everything costs more, hotels, parking , food, etc so there is definitely a need sometimes to maximize costs, not to mention band have a limited amount of time to tour. Also only certain venues are available on certain days... some theaters get blocked off for weeks at a time The sit down theaters are very expensive to put shows on...some have the same costs for 1/2 the capacity of other venues. Cat Power did the 2 night Town Hall thing last tour & has probably played about 20 different clubs in NYC in the last 12 years or so. Her new record and band is pretty straight up Rock and she's a front woman now not the shy hiding behind her hair girl of long ago..perhaps she has something to prove... I wouldn't bet against her

Posted by James | December 19, 2007 8:59 AM

especially costs a lot to stay in new york when you are living it up in 800 dollar a night hotel rooms.

*no sympathy*


Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 9:56 AM


lovers & haters :


Pre-sale info here:

http://www.matadorrecords.com/matablog/

Posted by Someone | December 19, 2007 11:23 AM

can't atlanta get any love from your tour. it is the place that birthed you.

Posted by elliot | December 19, 2007 6:32 PM

James
thanks for that lesson for all of us. I was the person who you claimed does not know what they are talking about. So my response is WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU SHITHEAD? How dare you. Believe me i know more than you know. Because if you ACTUALLY did know anything you would know that in this case you are wrong. First of all much of her band including Chan herself live in Nyc or have apts here.
Secondly it does not cost all that much more for a band to play in nyc than it does elsewhere.
Thirdly, if you would like to actually talk costs of the different venues in NYC i would be happy to because i actually know many of the figures.
FInally, have you heard her new record cause I in fact have. It is far from a rock record per say. It is the same type of music she has always done.

Keep your trap shut the next time you decide to school people.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2007 3:34 AM

"lovers & haters"

Cool song title, thanks.

As for all of this hatred for T5 and Cat Power ...... two (or 3) words: DON'T GO. And STOP BITCHIN', cuz you only sound like jealous snobs you either have a grudge against Bowery Presents or because your favorite band decided to take a chance and upgrade and also accommodate their fans in the biggest frggin' city in the country in the same shot. By not going to said venue for said band and subsequent shows at said venue, it will let said promoter, and other bands / artists who do business with them, know how we feel rather than any futile bashing on this or any other blog.

'nuff said.

btw, I'm sooooo going to Blonde Redhead and Editors @ T5. Bite me, bitches.

Posted by b.LOUD | December 20, 2007 3:47 AM

"STOP BITCHIN', cuz you only sound like jealous snobs you either have a grudge against Bowery Presents or because your favorite band decided to take a chance and upgrade and also accommodate their fans in the biggest frggin' city in the country in the same shot"

Or they are really big fans who know the mistake that is being made having them play in this venue and are upset about it.

"btw, I'm sooooo going to Blonde Redhead and Editors @ T5. Bite me, bitches."

have fun you and the half empty house.

By the way it seems as if many of her fans in the city are not happy seeing as that the presale is not even sold out yet.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2007 3:55 AM

..... and Anon 3:34,

Screw it I'll get involved - you're calling James a "SHITHEAD" and challenging him but yet you're "ANONYMOUS"?! I'll call your bluff: for your next post, how about backing up your anonymous knowledge with some FACTS! Leave a link. Who are you? What do you do and how do you know this stuff? C'mon, show and prove and I'll gladly stand corrected, otherwise, in your words, "keep YOUR trap shut". Again, futile bashing.

Posted by b.LOUD | December 20, 2007 4:06 AM

Wait i am confused. Why is someone posting as Anonymous being attacked b LOUD when neither you nor James posted a link to anything that gives any info about who YOU are. The link you put is to yahoo and James did not even put a link. So it seems you and him are just as Anon as Anonymous.

Fucking retard.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2007 4:38 AM

First of all, I didn't start this because I don't claim to be a "know-it-all", and even if I did know something, I wouldn't cuss someone out and challenge them while dropping my "knowledge" and be all mysterious by leaving it "anonymous".

So now I get called a "fuckin retard" for calling someone's bluff and leaving my email address. And dude, why did YOU ^^^^ leave it anon ...... oh, nevermind - it just doesn't matter anymore.

BV, there's so much hate here, it's ridiculous.

Posted by b.LOUD | December 20, 2007 9:27 AM

bLOUD you did not call anyones bluff and it is not hate when it is true.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2007 12:47 PM

so...loyal cat power fans, is this worth it?

Posted by cj | January 3, 2008 8:14 PM

Maybe it's worth it, maybe it's not. from the eyes of a philly cat it's hilarious to see new york snobs argue about this shit. so what's good about philadelphia is independent promoters who take legit shows away from live nation etc. (R5) and a practical number of venues. so i'm never left crying because chan is playing the starlight instead of like, the first unitarian sanctuary. they're practically all the same. im excited though for the eighth.

Posted by Joe | January 16, 2008 3:31 PM

OK, so the show was last night, right? How was it? I'm going to the Boston show, so I want to know what to expect, music-wise.

Posted by Selma | February 6, 2008 11:05 AM

did anyone see the (lousy, I thought) show tonight at terminal 5.... her vocals just weren't amplified enough... so unnecessary it seems, stupid, waste of an opportunity I left early as did many others it seemed (people were yelling vocals early on but it didn't improve much...)

Posted by laura | February 6, 2008 11:43 PM

I've never been to Terminal 5 before, and after tonight I'm never going back. I hate to just echo everybody else, but that place really is the worst venue in Manhattan. By far. The sound system is terrible, the acoustics are bad, the sightlines aren't great... You couldn't even hear Chan's vocals for the first few songs. They gradually moved her up in the mix throughout the night, but even when it was quiet and you could easily "hear" the vocals, they just weren't that clear coming through the speakers. Too bad, because it actually was a pretty good performance, if you got past the sound. Hopefully, next time she'll play somewhere else. (I usually don't like adding to all the whining on this site, but people need to be warned about that place. Stay away.)

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008 12:09 AM

Just got back from tonight's show at Terminal 5. I agree with the poster above me, the vocals were being drown out, and when they weren't they didn't sound good. Until I read the comments on this board, I wasn't sure what the cause was, but it looks like it was Terminal 5, and not the soundman? (I assume you heard the guy who shouted out "fire the soundguy"?) Chan was also frustrated with the sound, so if it is Terminal 5, hopefully she won't play there again. What is the best live venue to hear music in NYC? And is there any place that doesn't require standing the whole time? I'm getting too old for that.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008 1:14 AM

why is there ALWAYS a problem with the sound guy or really in particular, vocals at all Cat Power shows?

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008 1:34 AM

This is not the problem with the sound guy. IT IS TERMINAL 5. It is a shit venue for music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008 1:54 AM

Also just back from the Terminal5 CP gig... how any business can look exiting customers in the eye after a 'show' like that and not refund everyone's ticket price is legalized robbery. Don't get me wrong, I think Chan did okay under the circumstances, but I think she did everyone a dis-service by NOT walking off the stage. Until some performer has the integrity to tell this folks to go fuck themselves, they'll continue to fuck everyone else. Though I, personally, will never be going back there.

Posted by Mr. Pissed | February 7, 2008 2:45 AM

Great show! I don't know what you guys are talking about, I could hear and see everything fine the entire night.

More acts should play here so all the whiners would stay home. Crowds would improve dramatically.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008 3:24 AM

Gut feeling tells me there is no way in hell Anon 3:24am was actually at the show

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008 9:01 AM

Terminal Illness...Chan & DDB did what they could despite all odds against them. First and the last time Terminal Illness gets the better of me.

Posted by Dlo | February 7, 2008 9:30 AM

First and last time to Terminal 5. I had heard rumors that it sucked, but it's worse than that. It's difficult to get to. The sightlines and acoustics are horrid. But more importantly, I felt awful for Chan and DDB. For an artist who has struggled so mightily with personal and professional issues and who seems to really be turning a corner in her career, it was a shame that Terminal 5 let everybody down so completely.

Also, does anyone agree that an improved Cat Power live experience should involve more dates, smaller venues, a quieter band, and letting Chan play the guitar to calm her manic stage presence? I guess I wanted to hear her voice last night and am still bitter that the bass and keys totally drowned it out. Fire the sound-guy, indeed.

Posted by Snarles | February 7, 2008 10:15 AM

For what it's worth, both "Tracks of my Tears" and "Could We" were highlights. Chan and DDB made a noble effort, but you could tell that they were getting frustrated too.

Posted by Snarles | February 7, 2008 10:29 AM

First of all, a lot of you people who clearly have no knowledge of the music business and how shows get booked seem to have a lot to say about who's to 'blame' for putting Cat Power at a big venue. Artists (thru their booking agents) AGREE on venues with the promoters. Of course both parties are trying to maximize how much they get paid. Just because Bowery Presents tries to be cooler than Live Nation doesn't mean they're a non-profit. Most artists want to play in front of as many people as they can. Maybe she didn't want to play a sit-down theater with what she probably sees as a rockin blues band (I saw them open for Flaming Lips last year and they were BORING). Most bands I've worked with hate those venues because they make for very low energy crowds. Bottom line is, if you don't like a venue, don't go. No artist owes it to you to play clubs for 20 years so you can pass positive judgement on their integrity. Of course Chan stays in $800 a night hotels in NYC. That's the only way to get more that 100 sq feet in this town. Yeah, T5 sucks. So does Roseland. So does pretty much every 3000-ish capacity GA venue in the world.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008 11:12 AM

this show was so bad though, it wasn't about the money, also the time.... suffering through the bland boring opening act, waiting, waiting, and then the frustration of not being able to hear her vocals... forget the $35, it was just a lost evening sad

Posted by laura | February 7, 2008 11:20 AM

Anon 11:12am made these same arguments a while back on one of the threads. I remember because they used the same bs saying how Chan stays in $800 a night hotels in nyc. This of course is bullshit as she has an apartment here that she keeps. This guy is a dolt. He of course does not work in the concert industry. Many bands love to play sit down venues. Many bands want the experience to be great for themselves as well as the audience. It is what keeps em coming back. And not every 3000ish ga capacity venue in the world sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008 11:31 AM

Laura pointed out two very good things to complain about, the opening band, and the long, long wait for Cat Power to take the stage. I've got a question for everyone, though. Do you really like standing through the entire concert? Is that fun? I dunno, last night made me feel that listening to my stereo, while sitting on my Barcalounger is way better.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008 1:39 PM

100% agree with Laura and anon 1:39... the wait is seriously abusive to everyone and the bad conditions were just insult to injury. I'm all for enjoying time with my friends, but that experience felt downright exploitative -- herding us all in there, making us wait HOURS while we buy $7 drinks to pass the boredom, and then not being able to see or hear. I just feel dumb for going.

Posted by cmj | February 8, 2008 12:12 AM

saw CP at Orpheum last night. opening was awful and wait long (band came on finally at 9 - first act at 7:30). seating helps - i think it lets Chan do her thing, be in her own groove in a more settled overall space. the audience can hold her in a different way then when all are standing and moving around. the lights were bright on her at first - which seemed distressing. someone finally got it and turned them off so she could work the shadows, where she excels. her voice seemed strained - but magical in that way - coming and going from an inner, exquisitely true place.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2008 11:39 AM

If it makes you NYC people feel any better, the Boston show also sucked. The band is just too loud for her voice. It doesn't work. The Orpheum is also too big, although you can sit down. the seats are really small and uncomfortable, though. A lot of them are broken. All in all, a very disappointing evening.

Posted by Selma | February 8, 2008 11:40 AM

I really don't understand why anyone would blame Terminal 5 for the complaints that I'm seeing here.
The reason there was a long wait before Cat Power took the stage is because she took a LONG TIME to take the stage. Hardly the venue's fault.
The reason the sound/mix was so bad was because CAT POWER's sound engineers sucked. I've been to several shows at T5 and the sound was fine. Not amazing, but fine.
As far as sightlines, I could see fine from anywhere on the ground floor. And the balconies... well of course one can not see if you are standing behind someone. My advice would be to find a place where you are not standing behind someone. It's not really that difficult.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2008 1:26 PM

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