Two of my favorite people performed on the 10th at Gone Wired Cafe in Lansing. Matt Bliton has put together his band to include guests on certain songs...all to great effect. Their harmonies are welcome on these particular tracks. Matt also has Linda Abar do a lead or two, and she is truly a pleasure to listen to. There are rumors to a new Matt Bliton CD in the not-too-distant future. Looking forward to it!
9/11/11September 11, 2011...that's 9/11, ten years later. Much has been written and many events were planned for this day. I participated by attending a large community group performing Mozart's "Requiem". It was as moving as expected....plenty of tears. People were respectful and quiet before the concert and most appreciative at its conclusion. Here is what it looked like:
|Mozart's "Requiem" performed on 9/11/11|
Friday, Sept 16
This is our 6th year and our opening night, Friday, Sept 16 was jam-packed with duets, The Friday Strings, some Broadway, Monty Python, sing alongs, a First-Hand report of the Kardashian-Humphries wedding, Back To School musings, Dan Brown from Ann Arbor, The Basement Boys and more. It was a fun, full night of excellent performances and sing alongs. I think everyone had a great time and I'm grateful Dan Brown made the trip from Ann Arbor. Here's a shot of a jam session hosted by the Basement Boys:
|Jam Session w/ The Basement Boys|
|The 17 Guitars of Jackson Browne|
Fleet Foxes at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
The final concert event of the month was a trip to Ann Arbor with my good friend, Matt Lynch, to see Fleet Foxes who had been touring their relatively new CD, Helplessness Blues. I have to admit, I was concerned about the quality of the live performance since so much of what FF does is provide interesting and persistent harmony. I just thought it would be easy to do in the studio and difficult to bring on tour. I needn't have worried as they have this down to a fine science. They were wonderful and precise.
|Just before Fleet Foxes took the stage|
Lead singer Robin Pecknold is obviously the driving force of this indie band, but bassist Christian Wargo and drummer Joshua Tillman were just as important when the dream-like harmonies began. Great job by this tight band.