REVIEW: Nellie McKay @ the Shedd (Eugene, OR – 10/29/10)
I wasn’t able to attend the Nellie McKay show at the Shedd in Eugene on Friday (due to Sufjan Stevens in Portland the same night). I was completely torn, but I’ve had the opportunity to see Nellie several times since living here in the PacNW (four times in 3 years) and Sufjan far fewer times (i.e.- none).
I did send someone in my place… here are some lovely photos and a write-up of the show taken by guest blogger Margarita O’Brien from Emobie Photography…
many more photos below
Margarita’s write-up of the show:
Let’s face it. I just love Nellie McKay. I am extremely grateful that The Shedd here in little ol’ Eugene, Oregon, keeps managing to bring her back. She has serious musical talent, diversity, and a quirky, silly sense of humor that I dig. That makes a great show when she’s solo, but holy cannoli, there was a five piece backup band! THAT makes for a phenomenal, knock-your-socks-off show.
The introductions for the band members were extremely silly (“And just released on bail for jay walking…”) and the crowd was enthusiastic so I will likely have the names completely wrong and I am seriously sorry about that, ‘cause these guys were the bomb diggity. It was seriously hard to hear with the laughing and cheering. Corrections greatly appreciated!
Guitar: Terry Park?
Bass: Willy Harvey
Sax: Mark Fischer?
Trumpet: Willy Mario?
Drums: Benjamin Barnum?
“That’s right! We have two willies!”
There are few things I tire of more quickly than a show with a “sound” that never changes.
Me-“Is this still the first song? Good Glory, it’s long.”
Dan-“This is the fifth song.”
Me-“*Giant Eye Roll*”
This exchange could not happen at a Nellie McKay show. She skillfully flutters her way through Big Band, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, Pop, sweet old Doris Day tunes (and a number of Ella Fitzgerald tunes this time). The band was right there with her making everything fuller, brighter, grander, and making it difficult for some folks to stay put in their seats.
The crowd was fairly enthusiastic and really seemed to love “Mother of Pearl.” This is Eugene after all. There were even a couple zombies dancing around at the end.
Go See Nellie! She’ll make you think. She’ll make you laugh. She might make you whistle.
- Bruise on the Sky
- Sentimental Journey [Doris Day]
- Do Do Do [Doris Day]
- Caribbean Time
- Meditation [Doris Day]
- Georgy Girl [The Seekers] (dedicated to Barbara Billingsly)
- Vote for Mr. Rhythm [Ella Fitzgerald]
- No Equality
- The Portal
- Dig It [Doris Day]
- It’s Alright With Me (with skat)
<<intermission – costume change>>
- A-Tisket, A-Tasket [Ella Fitzgerald]
- Beneath the Underdog
- Crazy Rhythm [Doris Day]
- Early Autumn [Ella Fitzgerald]
- A Wonderful Guy [Doris Day]
- Don’t Fence Me In [Ella Fitzgerald] (with group whistle)
- Mother of Pearl (crowd favorite)
“I’m Sarah Palin and I approve this message”
“Support the Arts, but sponsor a Bodega.”
- Coosada Blues
- I’ve Got Rhythm (impromptu instrumental as she ran to get her notes)
“Don’t worry folks, they’re professionals!”
- Broadway Melody
- Unknown Reggae (veggie anthem)
- Encore: Zombie
Nellie’s 10/29 KLCC interview is here:
Nellie is out supporting her latest album, Home Sweet Mobile Home. Check it out here:
More 2010 Tour Dates:
Oct. 30th SF Jazz Festival – San Francisco, CA
Nov. 1st Kuumbwa Jazz Center – Santa Cruz, CA
Nov. 4th The Roxy – West Hollywood, CA
The Appropriate Linkage:
- Nellie McKay’s Site
- Nellie’s Social Media Links (see below)
- Emobie Photography (on Facebook)
- My Other Nellie McKay Reviews~
- The Shedd’s Site / Facebook / Twitter
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