Dan Bern (6/11/08)

I've seen Dan Bern probably around 6 or 7 times, with the first experience being back in 1997 at The Junction in Bowling Green, OH. He was AWESOME. And he's continued to be great over the years, particularly with the work he's done with the IJBC. This was the first time I've seen him in a couple years, missing his last show because of school.

Opener wasn't great. So while looking around and taking in the crowd I saw Dan at the bar during his set and remembered thinking he looked kinda rough. He walked on stage, accompanied by a guy with an electric violin. THAT seemed cool. That was until they started. Something was off... It seemed like they had barely practiced, or that this was their first time playing live together. I dunno. Also, a lot of his songs were changed up, but not for the better (and I typically LOVE varied live versions).

Then the unthinkable happened. We left early. While not uncommon when seeing most other artists, I never expected to leave a Dan Bern show. He left the stage for a "intermission" and we slipped out the front.

I'm not giving up on the man... we've had too much time together. But c'mon. Step it up.

Posted: Tue - July 8, 2008 at 07:08 AM           |