I know this picture is grainy and blurry and all, but it was the best I could do under the low lighting with my little Treo 650. This is the very beginning of the evening, around 10 or 10:30 PM (they were scheduled to start at 9, but whatever), and yeah, it looks really tame.
But really, the show kicked ass! Depending on how you look at it, it was either something like 20 micro-concerts or just 1 kick-ass concert party.
We stayed until nearly 2 AM, when everyone’s singing voices were clearly shot. But in that time, we heard John Rich, Jon Nicholson, James Otto, Shannon Lawson, Mista D, Bobby Pinson, the Trailer Choir, Chance, and some young guy with a promising but untrained voice John Rich had just met in a bar off Broadway a few nights before. And a bunch of others. And we met a TON of writers and musicians who were mostly very cool.
The best thing about it was how, when someone took the stage, several of the other performers stayed to back them. And someone who played mostly bluegrass, for example, ended up backing a rapper. Or a soul singer backing a country punk band.
They lived up to their “music without prejudice” motto, that’s for sure.
I will definitely be going back for more.
After all, you can never really leave, right?