The night at The Roxy started out in the company of two amazing women who were on board to take in night three of Pete Yorn's You and Me Extended Tour with me. We stood outside on the legendary Sunset Boulevard, getting photos snapped of the line we were by passing tour buses, and taking the obligatory pre-concert "selfie" together. There is nothing quite like going to a concert with fellow music lover friends.
How much does a venue affect a show? How much does the energy of an audience? These are the questions I pondered on my way home after Pete Yorn's night at The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. I had never been to this venue, though I'd heard of it a few times over the years (open since 1974). This may have taken over the top slot of my favorite venues. The sound, the space and the overall feel of the place is as near to perfect as I've ever encountered, and it suited Pete's stripped down, one-man, no set-list show perfectly. The crowd, too, were as incredible as the place itself. The energy swirled and soared through the room, cheers and collected voices singing-a-long in such unison that one would almost think the lot of us were part of the show's "chorus". It is rare to experience that kind of connection of different people together, a bit of magic that music provided, I like to think.