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REVIEW: The Weepies @ Aladdin (Portland, OR – 10/20/10)

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The Weepies have a new album out, Be My Thrill.  It’s fantastic!  And unlike their prior album, Hideaway, they’re touring behind it.  To be fair, they weren’t able to tour behind Hideaway due to a new baby at the time.  With Be My Thrill, they have a 3 year-old and a 6-month old… they’re on the road, and Oregon got a chance to see them twice on their “sponsored by 755 diapers” tour (Eugene and Portland).  I caught the Portland show tonight…

Opener Lucy Schwartz and her two lovely backing ladies hit the stage around 8pm and played a 30 minute set that flew by too fast.  All three women sang, with Lucy at the center but not the sole shining star.  Mona was also talented and fantastic on providing the energetic percussion for the set.  I didn’t catch the guitarist’s name – but again, a great part of the trio.  Favorite songs were “Rain City,” “Seven Hours” (with Aqualung on the recorded version), and “When We Were Young.”  She has a handful of albums, an EP, and songs on soundtracks.  Her latest CD is Life in Letters… and if it’s anything like her live show, it’s a delight.

The Weepies hit the stage around 9pm, surrounded by guitars, candles, and Weepies-cover art lamps.

The light was low due to trying to rely primarily on candles for effect – which was quite nice aesthetically.  Not great luck on the photos in low light (some below, though). The lighting person was also trying to be clever a bit too late or didn’t know the Weepies songs were generally short.  A swirling sun, swirling green light, and fade-in blue light all came on during lyric-instigated songs… right at the end of the song (10 seconds left and boom goes the dynamite).  Awkward at best for the lighting… it would have been best to stick to the candles. :)

Luckily the lighting didn’t impact the songs.  And, in fact, the Weepies via candlelight was sublime.  Deb and Steve played with a backing four-piece band that created some nice folksy, indie-rock, singer-songwriter splendor.  They packed in twenty songs in their 90 minute set – roughly a third from Be My Thrill, and the rest from their other three equally-excellent albums.

Setlist: about 90 minutes

  • Please Speak Well of Me
  • Stars
  • Can’t Go Back Now
  • I Was Made for Sunny Days
  • Orbiting
  • Riga Girls
  • Gotta Have You
  • Painting by Chagall
  • Hard to Please
  • They’re in Love, Where Am I?
  • Be My Thrill
  • Citywide Rodeo
  • Sing Me To Sleep
  • Antarctica
  • World Spins Madly On (with slight false start)
  • Just Blue
  • Not a Lullaby
  • Encore: Nobody Knows Me at All
  • Little Bird
  • Hope Tomorrow

A beautiful end to a beautiful evening.  If you’re on the fence about checking out the Weepies, either in concert or on record – get off the fence!  It’s great music.  If you’re a fan and are on the fence about going to a show, get your tickets soon.  They’re selling out many of the shows before the day of the show.

more photos below

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~Dan – np: Peter Mulvey – Letters from a Flying Machine 

all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

The Weepies Fall 2010 Tour

10/10/2010 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre
Lucy Schwartz
10/12/2010 Santa Barbara CA SOhO
Les Shelleys
10/13/2010 San Diego CA Winston’s
Lucy Schwartz
10/14/2010 San Juan Capistrano CA Coach House
Parlor Hawk, Sarah Wallace
10/15/2010 Visalia CA Fox Theatre
The Gospel Whiskey Runners
10/16/2010 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall
Lucy Schwartz
10/17/2010 Chico CA El Rey Theatre
10/19/2010 Eugene OR John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
10/20/2010 Portland OR Aladdin Theater
Lucy Schwartz
10/21/2010 Seattle WA City Arts Music Festival – The Crocodile
The Head and The Heart, Lucy Schwartz
10/22/2010 Boise ID The Bouquet
Blaze & Kelly
10/23/2010 Salt Lake City UT The State Room
Joe Pug
10/24/2010 Englewood CO The Gothic Theatre
Matt The Electrician
10/26/2010 Iowa City IA The Englert Theater
Matt The Electrician
10/27/2010 Minneapolis MN Cedar Cultural Center
10/28/2010 Madison WI High Noon Saloon
Matt The Electrician
10/29/2010 Indianapolis IN Radio Radio
Matt The Electrician
10/30/2010 Evanston IL SPACE
11/1/2010 Grand Rapids MI The Fine Arts Center
11/2/2010 Ann Arbor MI The Ark
The Chapin Sisters
11/3/2010 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom
Carsie Blanton
11/5/2010 Philadelphia PA World Cafe Live
Greg Tannen
11/6/2010 Londonderry NH Tupelo Music Hall
Greg Tannen
11/7/2010 Boston MA Royale Nightclub
Greg Tannen
11/8/2010 Fairfield CT FTC Stage One
Greg Tannen
11/10/2010 New York NY Hiro Ballroom
Greg Tannen
11/11/2010 Falls Church VA The State Theatre
Greg Tannen
11/12/2010 Norfolk VA The Attucks Theater
Greg Tannen
11/14/2010 Charleston WV Mountain Stage
Punch Brothers, Infamous Stringdusters, Trampled By Turtles
11/15/2010 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage
11/16/2010 Raleigh NC The Lincoln Theatre
Carsie Blanton
11/17/2010 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse
Beth Amsel
11/19/2010 Dallas TX Lakewood Theater
11/20/2010 Austin TX Momo’s
11/22/2010 Tucson AZ Plush
Leila Lopez
11/23/2010 Phoenix AZ The Rhythm Room
Rachael Sage
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