Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Friday Recap: The Game

Long overdue post. I stayed home on Thursday night which unfortunately meant I missed Thee Corsairs CD Release show. By Friday I was ready for the weekend with all the craziness of the fires behind us.

Lynn called from the Boat & Ski Club. They had turned the facility into an evacuee shelter and there was still one evacuee who needed information on where to go and what to do. I couldn't get the wi-fi working, so made a couple calls and he, his dog and I went the The Rock Church, which I mentioned here. After getting some info we needed, we went back to the club and I was in time to catch the music and "The Game."

First on the stage was a set by acoustic artist Nathan James. He played some originals and also did a cover of the Ryan Adams version of Oasis' "Wonderwall", "9 Crimes" by Damien Rice, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" by the Flaming Lips, and an acoustic and sweet version of N'Sync's "Bye Bye Bye."

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If you're a fan of acoustic music and delicious steak dinner, I'd recommend checking out the Listen Local events. Especially when Cathryn is hosting and Lynn is behind the bar.

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The Grass Gypsys played second. They're a couple from Boston, made up of Colleen and Justin, and they live in a van and travel around the country playing music. Justin plays guitar with passion while Colleen tells the songs stories with her sweet voice and vivid hand gesturing. They, too, played originals and covers, and their version of "What a Wonderful World" was a standout.

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After their set, "The Game" began. A handful of artists wrote songs, all with the title selected for the week, "To Make A Killing." Some artists stood out for their powerful voices, some for their powerful musicianship, and some just stood out for being a little out there. One of those gems that was great to see was Isaac Hayden, who we sadly learned would be leaving San Diego back to his home town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming after finding it too hard to break into music here. He's someone worth checking out if you're into musicians like Amos Lee...acoustic but with a lot of soul. Oh, Isaac, I hardly knew you.

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After "The Game" wrapped up, Isaac came back onstage for a full acoustic set, but it was getting late and I had plans elsewhere, so I was on my way. It was a really fun night and I'm gonna try to make a point to head back in the future. And next time I'm all over that $10 steak dinner...

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