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"Lucero shows now perhaps surpassing Hold Steady shows in drunkenness of crowd. Saw @ least 6 ppl get kicked out last night. On a TUESDAY." - Juliet Ulman
"front row @ lucero tonight was nuts! sweaty rager! may have gotten a black eye but oh well, feeling good." - Courtney Haefner
"Couldnt take more than 15min of JJ! most awkward/uncomfortable show in a while. Washed my ears out with LUCERO" - Adam GD
It's amazing for me to think that after enjoying their early albums I wrote Lucero off after not being impressed with their live show at Bowery Ballroom a bunch of years ago. I can't even remember much about it at this point, but I'm really glad I gave them a second (and many more after that) chance because, as the Memphis band proved at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (3/30) (and not long before that down in Austin), they know how to put on a show. And they have more than enough songs to keep it going for over 2 hours.
Complete with horn section, slide guitar, Kylesa t-shirt, and alcohol, the nine-piece band led by Ben Nichols played to a packed and sometimes-rowdy house that was not deterred by the rain, Passover or Lost (ditto, minus the rowdiness, for the packed crowd at Micachu at LPR earlier in the night) (I can't speak for jj at Knitting Factory except that everyone keeps saying she sucks live) (see above).
The setlist mixed old classics (all the hits) with new songs, rare tracks, and even a Bill Withers cover. Nights Like These, Kissed The Bottle, That Much Further West, Sixteen, The Blue and The Gray, Sweet Little Thing, Slow Dancing, Tears Don't Matter Much and the Jawbreaker cover Kiss The Bottle, to name a few.
Glossary, "a band that features Lucero's Todd Beene", opened the show but I only caught about half a song. More pictures from the show, and updated tour dates, below...
Lucero - 2010 Tour Dates
Mar 31 - Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
Apr 1 - Jerky's Live Music Hall Providence, Rhode Island
Apr 2 - House of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 3 - Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 5 - Rumba Cafe Columbus, Ohio
Apr 6 - Outland Ballroom Springfield, Missouri
Apr 7 - Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, Oklahoma
Apr 8 - Emo's Outside Austin, Texas
Apr 9 - Bash's 2 (In The Depot) Lubbock, Texas
Apr 10 - MusInk Tattoo & Music Convention Dallas, Texas
Apr 12 - Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, Colorado
Apr 13 - Bluebird Theater Denver, Colorado
Apr 14 - Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 16 - Coachella Music & Arts Festival Indio, California
Apr 17 - Yucca Tap Room Tempe, Arizona
May 28 - The Royal 66 Mountain Home, Arkansas
May 29 - River Fest Bud Stage Little Rock, Arkansas
Jun 4 - BamaJam Music & Arts Festival Enterprise, Alabama
Jun 6 - Eleanor Tinsley Park Houston, Texas
Jun 13 - Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester, Tennessee