Entries tagged with: Josh Ritter
DOWNLOAD: Josh Ritter - "A Certain Light (Acoustic)" (MP3)
Josh Ritter @ T5, May 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
We already let you know Josh Ritter was going on an acoustic tour this year with Gregory Alan Isakov which hits NJ on Saturday (1/11) at South Orange Performing Arts Center (tickets) and will wrap up in NYC at Town Hall on March 7. There are "not many" tickets left for Town Hall, according to Ticketmaster, and Ritter has added an acoustic show happening the next night (3/8) at Music Hall of Williamsburg that's also with Isakov. You can get presale tickets for that show right now through Ritter's website; then tickets go on AmEx presale via Ticketmaster on Wednesday (1/8) at noon with regular sale beginning Friday (1/10) at noon.
Josh Ritter's most recent album is The Historical Conquests and you can download an acoustic version of "A Certain Light" at the top of this post and check out the horror-homage video for "Evil Eye," along with the list of tour dates, below...
Felice Brothers at Terminal 5 in May (more by Robert Altman)
Like they did last year, NY folk rockers The Felice Brothers are going on a short year-end tour of the Northeast, and though their actual New Year's Eve show happens in Boston, they'll be in NYC a day earlier to play Brooklyn Bowl (12/30). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale today (10/11) at noon. All dates, including a Halloween show in CT, are listed below.
Felice Bros' last NYC show was Terminal 5 in May, where they opened for Josh Ritter, who coincidentally also just announced an acoustic tour with Gregory Alan Isakov which hits NYC on March 7 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show also go on sale today at noon.
All dates for Felice Bros and Josh Ritter are listed below...
(via @Obits instagram)
Josh Ritter and Gregory Alan Isakov are playing The Town Hall on March 7. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/11) at noon.
Minks, about a month after CMJ, will be playing another hometown show at Mercury Lounge on November 21. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/11) at noon.
Electronic label Ghostly International is hosting an unofficial CMJ party featuring Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, and Contakt on October 18 at Output. Tickets for the party are available here and here.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photos by Robert Altman
Josh Ritter @ Terminal 5 - 5/18/13
In "Lights," the concluding track of Josh Ritter's new album The Beast In Its Tracks, Ritter sings "Every heart on Earth is dark half the time," an apt line that seems to sum up Ritter's unique brand of potent folk/rock and poetic lyric. Ritter, a realistic romantic, paints extraordinary love songs with settings that range from an Egyptian tomb to a government controlled missile silo, but balances these resplendent short stories with tales of lost love and regret. The heart is dark half the time.Josh Ritter and The Felice Brothers just wrapped up a tour they were on together in NYC over the weekend at Terminal 5 (5/18). Pictures and videos of both bands, plus Josh Ritter's setlist from the show are in this post.
But...it's ablaze the other half of the time, and this vivacious beating organ was on display at Terminal 5 this past weekend when Ritter and his dashing Royal City Band wholeheartedly rocked a packed crowd with a satiating 20-song set. [The Music Court]
Ian Felice at Carnegie Hall last month (more by Sachyn Mital)
Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band and The Felice Brothers have announced that they'll be heading out on a tour together this May which hits NYC on May 18 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale today (12/14) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
The Felice Brothers also play a sold out 3-night run in the NYC area for New Year's Eve, and were also added as an opener to a portion of Mumford and Sons' upcoming tour, including the February 6 show at Barclays Center, which Ben Howard also opens. That show, and the 2/12 show at Barclays (which Haim opens) are both sold out.
Meanwhile, Josh Ritter will release his new album, The Beast In Its Tracks, on March 5. You can watch an album trailer for that and check out lists of all Josh Ritter and Felice Brothers dates below...
Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl on NYE (more by Tracy Allison)
Clearwater Festival is returning to Croton Point Park from June 16-17 in Croton, NY. This year's festival includes Dawes, Deer Tick, Alejandro Escovedo, Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Arlo Guthrie, Martin Sexton, Ani Difranco and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full Clearwater lineup below...
Josh Ritter at BookPeople in Austin in October (more by Tim Griffin)
Singer/songwriters Josh Ritter, John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace), and Steve Earle are also authors, and all three of them put out novels this year. They'll be teaming up for "a night of talk and songs" at the Celeste Bartos Forum of The New York Public Library on Tuesday (12/6). Tickets for the event are on sale now.
Josh Ritter made a promotional appearance for his novel, which is titled Bright's Passage, in Austin this past October. As you can see above, it was also an event that included some music. Pictures and full recap, including a part where Josh says Wesley was one of his writing inspirations, HERE.
Ritter has also been added to the bill of the previously mentioned WFUV show, which is happening on 12/5 with Dawes, Mavis Staples and The Head And The Heart at Beacon Theater. Tickets are still available.
Dawes played Occupy Wall Street today and according to Rough Trade, they put out the 48th best album of 2011. They also have two more shows at Maxwell's after the Beacon show (12/6 and 12/7), but both are now sold out.
All dates below...
John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace) has three 'Cabinet of Wonders' scheduled at City Winery for his second season this fall. The dates scheduled are September 23, October 28, and November 18. Each night features a collection of special guests. The first night (9/23) includes Eleanor Friedberger (of Fiery Furnaces), Andrew VanWyngarden (of MGMT), Todd Barry, Jami Attenberg, Tony Visconti, Dan Zanes, and more TBA. The October 28 lineup includes Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Emma Straub, Paul Harding, and more TBA. The November 18 lineup includes Howe Gelb, Eugene Mirman, Audrey Niffenegger, and Myla Goldberg. Check the Cabinet of Wonders website for updates on the shows. Tickets are only on sale for the first one at the moment.
John Wesley Harding is also playing a few shows in November, some of which are with The Minus 5. Those dates include November 19 at The Bell House in Brooklyn, and November 20 at Maxwell's in Hoboken, both with The Minus 5. Robyn Hitchcock also plays the The Bell House on November 19, and there's a combo ticket for both shows.
John Wesley Harding also appears with 'friends' and Josh Ritter at the New York Public Library on December 6. The show starts at 7 PM and will be held in the Celeste Bartos Forum. The event is listed as discussion/reading/singing.
All dates and a video of a past Cabinet of Wonders below...
today in NYC
* Juan MacLean @ Cielo
* Blue Note Jazz Fest
* John Maus @ Other Music
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Rob Brown Trio @ The Stone
* Tell All Your Friends @ Lolita Bar
* Son Lux, Bell @ Public Assembly
* Earth, Wind & Fire @ Beacon Theatre
* Josh Ritter @ Barnes & Noble Union Square
* Charles Downs' Centipede @ The Stone
* Eleven Twenty-Nine, Endless Boogie @ Zebulon
* Black Sheep, DJ Kid Capri Peter Gunz @ Soundview Park
* Puro Instinct, John Maus, Geneva Jacuzzi @ Glasslands
* Descender, Hull, Brown Book, Hellbender @ Lit Lounge
* Chimneys, Ever Isles, Reverend, Jeremy Sessa @ Bruar Falls
* Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone) @ Solar One (Rooftop Films)
* Jolie Holland, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside @ Bowery Ballroom
* Rufus Wainwright performs opera @ World Financial Center Winter Garden
* The Present, People Get Ready, Man Forever Guitar Quintet @ Union Pool
* Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, The Immaculates @ Death By Audio
* Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Roughstars, Light Spells @ Bowery Electric
* New York Gypsy All-Stars Band (Hudson Square Music & Wine Fest) @ City Winery
* Hubble, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Dreebs, Alan Watts, Jefferson High @ SilentBarn
* Shemspeed Hip Hop Fest w/ Y-Love, DeScribe, Eprhyme, Kosha Dillz, Bekay, Sneakas, Diwon, Genesis Be, Auzriel, J. Stone & more @ Southpaw
* Mariachi El Bronx , Legendary Shack Shakers, The Two Man Gentlemen Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Pass Kontrol, Not Blood Paint, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Bad Credit No Credit @ Cameo Gallery
Josh Ritter wrote a book. He reads from it at Barnes & Noble tonight.
Rufus Wainwright plays a free show.
John Maus plays twice today.
The Wooden Birds have a new video for "Two Matchsticks". Watch below.
Pete Seeger at Clearwater 2009 (more by )
The 2011 edition of the Clearwater Festival boasts some big names over its two days, June 18th and 19th, in Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Founder Pete Seeger will be joined by Drive-By Truckers, Martin Sexton, Indigo Girls, Josh Ritter, Arlo Guthrie, Suzanne Vega, Billy Bragg (who plays NYCx3 a month later), and man other artists who are listed elow. Tickets are still available.
In related news, Martin Sexton will play four NYC shows before that Clearwater appearance, as part of a residency at City Winery. Tickets are sold-out for Martin Sexton on June 2nd, 3rd, & 4th at the venue but he just added a fourth late show on 6/4, and tickets are still available.
All Martin Sexton tour dates and the full Clearwater lineup is below.
The Outside Lands Festival, which runs from 8/12 - 8/14 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, released their 2011 lineup in April (and now it's May, so consider this a catch up post). Tickets are on sale.
This year's fest will appearances from The Shins, Muse, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Phish (two sets), !!!, Erykah Badu, Big Audio Dynamite (who played Coachella and are also playing Lollapalooza), Girl Talk and many more. The full lineup is below.
photos by Kurt Christensen
Harris is in a nostalgic mood in "The Road," a song addressed to Gram Parsons, with whom she made the excellent albums Grievous Angel and Sleepless Nights. Parsons recognized that her surging harmonies worked well in contrast to his baleful croon. For her part, Harris acknowledges in "The Road" that Parsons pushed her to be more daring in every way.
"The Road" is one of two songs on Hard Bargain addressed to a friend who's gone. The other is "Darlin' Kate," a fond farewell to the great singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle, who died of cancer last year. Harris' choice of poetic language may verge on the trite -- even The Simpsons and Ronald Reagan have appropriated John Gillespie Magee's phrase "slipped the surly bonds of Earth." But it's the ache in Harris' voice that delivers the true emotion. [NPR]
Emmylou Harris (whose next NYC show is a Kate McGarrigle tribute) released her new album Hard Bargain this week and celebrated with an intimate show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC Tuesday night that was opened by Josh Ritter (her next headlining NYC show is at the much larger Summerstage), followed by a Letterman performance last night (4/27), and a performance on the Today Show today. Pictures from the NYC show are in this post. More of them with videos from the two TV apperances and a Yahoo session she just recorded, below...
Like Chicago and Atlantic City, NYC & Washington will get iterations of the traveling festival with the extremely scary name (and headliner)...
"Dave Matthews Band Caravan" will come to New York City's Governors Island on August 26, 27 and 28 and The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA on September 2, 3 and 4. The events will feature a diverse lineup of musical talent performing on multiple stages during the day and a full set by headliners Dave Matthews Band each night. See below for ticket information.At least the Flaming Lips, who play the NJ version of the fest, aren't on that lineup, because that gives hope that they'll announce their own real NYC show. "An online presale for the Governors Island event for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association will begin on Monday, April 25, at 10:00 AM ET at http://www.warehouse.davematthewsband.com/."
In addition to Dave Matthews Band, the lineup for the Governors Island event will include Dispatch, The Roots, Gogol Bordello, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, The Head and the Heart, Vieux Farka Touré, David Wax Museum and many more to be announced soon...."
This is the second big Governors Island Fest to be announced this year. The other is the dance-oriented Governors Ball (Punk Island also returns this year).
More DMBC info below...
I wonder what he thinks of Wavves. Listen to him say it in the Sirius XM clip below...
"WITNESS' 6th Annual Focus for Change Benefit Dinner & Concert" goes down on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Co-Hosted by Peter Gabriel, there will be performances by Antibalas, Jimmy Cliff and Sheryl Crow. Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, will be there too. Click the link to get your $750 tickets.
Fistful of Mercy is Joseph Arthur, Ben Harper & Dhani Harrison, and you can catch them at the Apollo Theater on November 17th. Tickets are still on sale.
Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band play Terminal 5 on 2/12. Tickets are on sale.
UK band Peggy Sue are worth getting to Terminal 5 early on November 19th. They open that date for Kate Nash. Tickets are still on sale.
Randy Newman plays Town Hall on March 5th. Tickets are on sale.
Rural Alberta Advantage play Mercury Lounge on 1/12. Tickets are on sale.
AA Bondy at FYFest (more by Chris Juarez)
AA Bondy kicks of a string of dates today, 10/5, in Woodstock, NY before heading to Bowery Ballroom Wednesday (10/6) for a show that now includes openers Dawn Landes and Diamond Doves. Tickets are still available. On Thursday, AA Bondy becomes opener for The Walkmen for a few days, and then plays a few more shows of his own as well.
The Bowery show is one of two upcoming dates for Diamond Doves. The band will also hit Rock Shop on 10/19 as part of a CMJ showcase headlined by The Barr Brothers (of The Slip) with Theiving Irons and Ravens & Chimes. That's two days before the band re-emerges as the backing band for Elvis Perkins to play a sold out show at Terminal 5 with My Morning Jacket (10/21). In addition, Nick Kinsey, Brigham Brough, Mike Irwin and Wyndham Boylan Garnett of Diamond Doves will support My Morning Jacket as their backing horn section for 10/21, 22, and 23.
Dawn Landes recently returned from a European tour with Josh Ritter, and the pair recorded a Heady West cover, "500 Miles", to kick off the dates. Download that for the price of an email address.
Tour dates and some recent live video, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"what a perfect way to spend a sunday evening... me: tall with grey curly hair. you: cute girl in dress that i should have paid more attention to than josh ritter" - missed connection
"DAWN LANDES put on a better show in ATL, but her stints on stage at GOV ISLAND with RITTER were stupendous." - Adam Jackson
Justin Townes Earle / Josh & Dawn
Josh Ritter (Dawn Landes's husband) & The Royal City Band headlined the free show on Governors Island Sunday night. Justin Townes Earle (now healed enough to play again) (and whose new single came out as a free download today) and Dawn Landes & The Hounds opened the Converse-presented "Gone to Governors" show on the beach. Special guests included Zeke Hutchins who joined Dawn for a song, and Dawn who joined Josh. More pictures from the show below...
Josh Ritter opened for Swell Season @ Radio City (more by Kurt Christensen)
Josh Rouse is not to be confused with Josh Ritter who was a surprise guest at the Celebrate Brooklyn Swell Season show in Prospect Park last night (7/30) (not the first time the two artists performed together) (they toured together earlier this year), but more about the Brooklyn show later (and a video from another time they performed together below).
A few nights earlier, Josh's wife Dawn Landes was Sondre Lerche's surprise guest at Mercury Lounge.
Last time Dawn played Mercury Lounge, Josh Ritter was her surprise guest.
Next time Josh Ritter headlines his own NYC show, August 8th on Governors Island to be exact, Dawn Landes will be one of the openers (and the show is free). Justin Townes Earle, who Dawn has toured and performed with before, is also scheduled to play that free show. Let's just hope his hand heals quickly.
Elvis Perkins and Dearland replace Justin Townes Earle at the Newport Folk Fest this weekend. Elvis Perkins's band now also plays on their own as Diamond Doves and they were also on the bill at that Sondre Lerche/Dawn Landes/JBM show a few days ago.
Some relevant videos below...
DOWNLOAD: The Morning Benders - Cold War (Wallpaper. Winter Remix) (MP3)
Caribou @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
What is now being considered the full lineup for the ten-show, Converse-sponsored "Gone to Governors" series at Governors Island is almost complete (openers still TBA). There are ten shows total - seven of which are on Saturdays. One is on a Friday. Two are on Sundays (one of which is July 4th). All except Local Natives on August 7th are free.
The lineup's latest additions include co-headliners Caribou & Phantogram with The Chain Gang of 1974 (July 16th), and Josh Ritter with openers Justin Townes Earle and Dawn Landes (August 8th).
Here's the whole thing:
- June 05 - Yeasayer, Keepaway, Delicate Steve
- June 19 - The Morning Benders, Freelance Whales & TBA
- July 03 - Portugal. The Man & TBA
- July 04 (Sunday) - She & Him
- July 10 - Lucero & TBA
- July 16 (Friday) - Caribou, Phantogram, The Chain Gang of 1974
July 17 - Dr. Dog & TBA
- Aug. 07 - Local Natives & TBA ($10 ticket)
- Aug. 08 (Sunday) - Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Justin Townes Earle, Dawn Landes & the Hounds
- Aug. 14 - Neon Indian & TBA
- Aug 15 - Dr. Dog
Ferry service to Governors Island for the "Gone to Governors" shows is free. As previously reported the series is being co-produced by Bowery Presents, Highline Ballroom and Mad Dog Presents with Converse and event partner Water Taxi Beach. BrooklynVegan is the media sponsor.
The shows will be held at the Beach at Governors Island, one of three venues on the Island. The others are Colonel Row (where Passion Pit will be playing, for instance) and South Island Field (which'll host M.I.A./HARD NYC). Michael Franti & Spearhead w/ Trombone Shorty kicks off the season of pay-shows at the Island with a Thursday, June 3rd performance there.
The Morning Benders will headline the second show in the series on June 19th, and they just released new song "Go Grab A Stranger," a Big Echo b-side currently available as a limited tour 7", streaming below. A remix of their song "Cold War" by Oakland act Wallpaper is available above.
"Go Grab A Stranger" and more info on the Gov. Island shows are below...
As previously mentioned, My Morning Jacket landed some opening slots on the current Tom Petty tour including August 24th in NJ (though not MSG). Tickets for the tour are currently on sale (some with no service fee).
My Morning Jacket now has new dates that include Canandaigua, NY (outside Rochester) on August 28th (tickets on sale Friday at noon) and Philly on August 29th. On those headlining dates "the guys will be donating $1 from each ticket to a local charity." All dates and the list of charities are below.
Before those, Jim James will be a part of the Appalachain Voices tour with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore in July. That includes a July 30th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are on sale Friday.
You can also catch Yim Yames on May 26th performing with John Prine on Letterman. MMJ is among those who contributed to a new Prine tribute album entitled Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Gayngs, Deer Tick, Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst, Drive By Truckers, Those Darlins and others have tracks on the CD too.
The full tribute tracklist, a video of J Vernon covering Prine at the Haiti benefit @ MHOW, and all MMJ tour dates, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
MG& V @ the All House
MG&V, the new project of John McCauley (frontman of Deer Tick), Taylor Goldsmith (frontman of Dawes), and Matt Vasquez (frontman of Delta Spirit), made their debut (not counting a private performance they taped for IFC one day earlier) with a late-night set to a capacity crowd at Austin's Ale House on Friday, March 19th. Taylor's brother and bandmate Griffin played drums. Delta Spirit's Kelly Winrich played keys. Deer Tick family member Jonny Corndawg helped perform a song he also recorded and wrote with the group. As Duke Street Blog points out, "The set was filled with heartfelt Americana tunes, all featuring a healthy splash of CSN-like harmonies." Deer Tick actually played a set an hour earlier at Lucero's SXSW showcase at Red Eyed Fly (where they were joined by Nikki Darlin for a song). John ran right from show to show (as did Tim and I) (luckily we all saw Lucero earlier that same day). More pictures and a bunch of videos from both shows are below.
Their regular bands all made their fair share of appearances at SXSW this year too. Deer Tick (who played BV shows in 2009 and 2008) even had their own unofficial showcase this year at Threadgill's (with Cordawg, Those Darlins, Liz Isenberg, Chris Paddock and others on the bill). One of Dawes's shows was at the official BrooklynVegan showcase. Various videos from the week below.
Last but not least, Delta Spirit have announced a run of tour dates set for June and July. They'll bring along Ezra Furman & the Harpoons and The Romany Rye for those. The three bands play Bowery Ballroom on June 30th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 1st. Tickets just went on sale.
Delta Spirit's new record, History From Below, is set to come out June 8th on Rounder Records.
"All we wanted to do is put the record together one song at a time," says Delta Spirit's singer/guitarist Matthew Vasquez about History From Below. "It's been three years of straight touring off our last record so most of the songs were written in hotel rooms and tested in front of an audience. We spent spent six months of this last year making a record that sums up three years of growing up."The album was produced by My Morning Jacket's keyboardist Bo Koster and Eli Thomson, and you can check out the album art and tracklist below.
Everything mentioned, pictures, videos & lots of tour dates, below...
Josh Ritter has added a 3rd NYC show to accompany the two he's playing at Town Hall in in May. The new one happens May 22nd at the more intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn and tickets go on AmEx presale at noon.
Lady Gaga's favorite band, Semi-Precious Weapons, are headlining their own Bowery Ballroom show on April 26th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon)
Damien Jurado has two NYC shows coming up that recently went on sale.
Laura Marling has 2 NYC shows coming up, both on sale now.
DOWNLOAD: Josh Ritter - Change of Time (MP3)
Hello All!"Change of Time" from that new album is available as a free download at Josh's website and above. The album's U.S. release date (via Pytheas Recordings) is May 4th which is a few days before Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band kick off a short tour that now includes, not one, but two shows at Town Hall in NYC. Tickets to the previously announced May 20th show may be sold out. Tickets to the new May 19th date go on sale Friday at noon. All dates below...
"So Runs the World Away" took me over a year to make.
I'm proud of the fact that I've never recorded a song for a record that
I didn't believe in absolutely and that didn't feel, in its writing, recording, and performance,
like a moment of real inspiration. I love the songs on this record so much, and my thanks
go to my incredible and talented band, my family, and my family of listeners
wherever they may be in this fast-spinning world.
All my very best, and see you soon!
photos by Chris La Putt
Though they wouldn't let her decorate Mercury Lounge with hay (she still had a little on stage, and some untouched bails of it in the corner), Dawn Landes and the Hounds put on a great record release show Friday early-night at the packed NYC venue. As one quirky New York chick put it,
There were special guests, Josh Ritter. There were hula hoops and birthdays, Landes friend Erin, sorry if I've gotten your name wrong, but Happy Birthday! There were even giant standing chandeliers. And, in the middle of it all was the smiling, quirky, sweet as sugar Dawn Landes.Josh Ritter (Dawn's husband) (sorry guys) just played his own show opening for The Swell Season at Radio City. His next official NYC gig is a headlining slot at Town Hall. Video of their duet is below.
Landes took the stage and instantly, things became a party. She rocked her way through a rollicking set charming the enthusiastic crowd the whole time. Landes is one of those performers that you can't help but like. She has this sweet charming quality that beckons you to have fun, smile and cheer her on.
The equally charming "indie-acoustic duo" Uncle Monk, Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan, opened the show. Highlights of their set included a cover of "I Fought the Law" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" which Tommy introduced by saying it was a song he wrote when he was just a young kid.
More pictures and videos from the show below...
The Swell Season returned to a sold out Radio City Music Hall last night (1/19), playing a long set of new and older songs along with a few incredible covers that had the audience eating out of the palms of their hands.
Josh Ritter opened the show while the crowd was still rolling in. He played a brief six song set - three songs from his upcoming album, to be released in May, and three older songs (Rumors, Girl in the War, To the Dogs or Whoever). The crowd was appreciative, but a longer set certainly would've won over the portion of the audience unfamiliar with his music. He will return to New York to play Town Hall on May 20th (tix on AmEx Presale).
The Swell Season's set started with Glen and Marketa sitting on the floor as they played "Fallen from the Sky". After a few songs, the rest of the band, consisting of members of the Frames joined them. After another set of songs, Glen took the stage solo. He unplugged his guitar and walked away from the mic to the front of the stage to sing "Say It to Me Now". He followed up with an incredible cover of Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks", playing the guitar so powerfully that it seemed as if his battle scarred guitar was going to explode.
A Swell Season show is known just as much for Glen's storytelling between songs as it is for the music. It is rare to see a band so genuinely happy to be on stage, and humbled by the adoration they receive from the crowd. Their sets usually feature several cover songs and plenty of requests for the audience to participate in the singing. Aside from the Astral Weeks cover, they also played Springsteen's Drive all night with Clarence Clemons' nephew on sax. Two songs were dedicated to Kate McGarrigle, and the show closed with "Red Chord", a Frames song, into "The Parting Glass", a traditional Irish song made famous by The Clancy Brothers. Even after a two and a half hour set, the crowd left happy but wanting more.