Today's Top 5 Music Obsessions feature songs by Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, Yo La Tengo, Otis Redding, Big Star, and David Bowie
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.
Pete Yorn at The Constellation Room, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 You and Me Extended Tour :: California There is nothing quite like the anticipation of a performance. The buzz filling the room that mixes with the cacophony of half-heard conversations, pre-show playlists, and the tease of lights going on and off that causes everyone to …
Anyone who knows me personally, or who has been a reader here, will know that Pete Yorn is a favorite artist of mine. I've written about his music, his albums, and most recently, to promote the You and Me Tour. The tour consists of Pete and a guitar and harmonica, no set-list, a stage, an audience, and a different show every night. He takes requests from the crowd, he plays cover songs and deep tracks, and some of the "fan favorites", too. California had not been graced by the tour until this month, and though I would have liked to take the epic complete California tour, alas my day job has its demands, and the family likes to eat. But, three of the gigs are here in Southern California, and nothing was going to keep me away.
You and Me :: You+Me from the album, Rose Ave.