Okay, so this is a day later than it was meant to be... but I'm sure most people know just how horrid I am when it comes to concert reviews and the like. In fact, this won't be so much of a review as a "these are some neat things I remember" sort of thing :P
So Wednesday night I made Brian come with me to see Martha Wainwright and KT Tunstall in concert at the Lifestyle Communities Pavillion. Mainly I was there for Martha, but I do enjoy KT Tunstall's music as well.
First off, I have decided that I do not like this venue. I'm not entirely sure if my opinion would be different had it been a gen admin show, but I do think it was more than just bad chairs. I just didn't get a nice vibe from the place even though it was a tiny club like venue that I usually enjoy.
Secondly, it was fairly obvious that a majority of the crowd was there for KT Tunstall and had NO CLUE who Martha was. This made me sad :( It made me even more sad when everyone in the back of the venue decided it was OK TO TALK ALL THE WAY THROUGH HER SET. Seriously... there was a constant murmur going on the entire time Martha was on stage... thank goodness her voice drowned them out most of the time :D
As for her set: AMAZING! Just her and her guitar... which was a pleasant surprise :D Immediately upon stepping up to the microphone, her necklace fell off and she was all cute about kicking it out of her way. Her commentary between songs was often hilarious... I didn't know she was so witty, but being a Wainwright I ought to have expected it. She did everything from ask the crowd for a beer (she ended up with about four or five on the stage by the end of the set), allude to not knowing who she might sleep with if she drank too much, to asking the crowd how they were voting... after which it was kind of silent so she said "okay, we won't talk about it" and then started playing. But then a bar or two in she stopped and said "wait, we are going to talk about it" and went on to urge us all to vote Democrat :D
The songs were just brilliant live. I, uh, am having trouble remembering just exactly what she played now... because I am horrible and didn't type it up as soon as I got home. It was a really nice mix of old and new material though. She ended with "Bloody Motherfucking Asshole" though, which was amusing. Hmm... let's see if I can remember some of the songs. These are so not in any order.
*Jesus and Mary
*The George Song
*Coming Tonight (maybe?)
*Bleeding All Over You
Okay, I'm not so good at this. But I do remember that when she introduced "Bleeding All Over You" she mentioned how the album title came from the song and that she could have named the album "Bleeding All Over You" but she thought that would come off a bit too menstrual :D
After she left the stage I went out to the merchandise booth to pick up a copy of the "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole" EP ... aaaand... have her sign it :D I already posted this picture
, so yes I did meet Martha Wainwright! :D Even if it was just for a few minutes where I didn't know what to say other than "That was a great show" :P I'm not used to the whole "cameras are allowed" thing so I hadn't brought mine, thus the picture is a little crappy because Brian took it with his cell phone... not to mention there was a giant spotlight shining at the wall right behind us. But still, it was fun :D
KT Tunstall's set was fun but completely different... especially considering she had a full band with her. I don't really know a lot of the songs from her new album... but I need to get my hands on it now because I think I like them even more than her first one :D It was a little sad listening to her in-between-song-banter, because it just was not anywhere near as amusing as Martha's, but she tried. My favourite part of her set was when she did "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree". It was just her and a guitar on stage until the very end when the band came out... but you'd swear there was a full band the whole time. She went all Howie Day and recorded herself right on stage to be played back throughout the song. Using the guitar as a drum, some harmonies and "woohoo"s. It was really very well done.
So now I've got the concert bug again... I realised I hadn't been to a show since Muse last year! Unfortunately, not a TON of people seem to come to Columbus. So very sad. But I'm definitely keeping my eye out on a regular basis now! At the very least, we'll be going to see Weezer in September... even though we have to drive to Michigan or Illinois or something to make it happen.