Saturday night equals gig night. Ticket had been purchased online for some time. Never heard of Brad Dear before so I had no clue what was in store. Didn't search online either. This was kind of the tickets you buy and forgot you bought until you see the ticket on your coffee table and you haven't missed the date so oh - you should go! That kind of ticket. We all have had that kind of ticket!
I arrived a bit late but the Bodega was not packed. I didn't get to my usual left side spot but did have to go on the right side which was fine as I got to lean against the wall. Spud had already started his performance. I didn't get to see much of it. It was a bit odd. Some of the audience was laughing with his lyrics others seem to take him seriously. I don't know. I just felt odd. I only heard his last song so I can't really pinpoint what was going on.
After him Pete Johnson was on the stage. He seemed like a very quiet person. He kept on thanking Brad Dear for giving him the opportunity to support him. He also mentioned a few times that he was not promoting anything - he just wanted to sing. He mostly sang covers but to be honest I didn't recognize any of the songs!
For some time Brad Dear was in the crowd while Pete Johnson was on stage. I thought that was nice. Whether he was talking to friends, gig-goers or enjoying the show, it seemed like a nice gesture. Not long after Pete Johnson was done, Brad Dear was on stage. It's been a while since I went to the gig so I don't remember all the details to be honest. I didn't know any of his songs nor have any stuck with me after the gig. I wasn't even motivated to look him up on youtube to listen to his songs.
After singing a few songs they had a technical problem. Well, they started playing a song and I thought - oh this sounds bad! A few seconds later they stopped and said the guitar was out of tune. While Brad was tuning his guitar the fiddler (whom I forget her name :/) said she would say a joke or two. I can't remember the joke now but it was lame! But to be fair she put herself on the spot - if I were her my joke would have probably been even lamer! She did also say how she ended up in the band. Last year, she said, they were at a festival around a campfire singing. She started playing the fiddle and told the band they needed a fiddle in it - so she kind of invited herself in the band! Personally, I thought she was the best part of the band! The fiddler with flowers in her hair.
I don't remember much else of the gig so I'm guessing they may need to up their game to become a memorable band. The lead singer does have a nice voice but nothing really special. (I say this well aware I'm not the greatest person to predict success of a band - just personal opinion stated).
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