So what do you do after the Seattle Seahawks win their first playoff game? You head in to Ballard and catch the first live concert of the year, of course.
To open the 2017 concert season for Lemonade Magazine, I headed to the Conor Byrne Pub to catch an old favorite, St Paul de Vence. The Bainbridge Island band added a horn section to their live set and decided that the pub that started it all so many years ago would be the best place to debut the new sound.
The Conor Byrne Pub in Ballard is an intimate interview with a classic bar with stools, benches, couches and tables and specialize in, as you would guess, Guiness and Jamison shots. Classic Irish bar. Oh, and you know it is in Seattle, so there are a ton of craft beers and ciders to choose from as well.
First off, sorry about the lack of photos for this concert. I had a slight malfunction with my camera on Saturday, so I borrowed photos from the artists’ websites and Instagram accounts. Not normally my style, but sadly a necessary evil. Though the photo of Nathan Reed is totally mine…which is why it is all grainy and terrible. Sorry, Nathan!
Speaking of Nathan Reed, the Bremerton-native opened up the show wearing a brown overalls with a black long sleeved shirt with flames on them. It was his New Year resolution to wear more flames on his clothing for 2017. Have to admit, I was not terribly familiar with Reed‘s music, but it was certainly a treat. The singer/songwriter was a man and his guitar making the ladies weep with his ethereal guitar riffs and haunting voice. Seriously, the lady next to me was brought to tears during his song, “Goose”. Gotta love when an artist can elicit that type of emotion from a crowd.
Next up was Sophia Duccini. The Seattle singer/songwriter had some back up with a full complement – percussion, guitar and bass – with her on the keys. You could tell there was talent there and a lot of it, but there was something off about the sound. I could not hear much of her vocals, but when I could, it was fantastic. There was a moment, when the guy standing next to me said that in this particular environment, maybe an acoustic set would have been better for Duccini. Either way, I am hoping that I can catch an upcoming show where the sound is a little more balanced. There is definitely a ton of talent and potential for Sophia Duccini.
Now a couple years ago, I had the pleasure of attending a concert with St Paul de Vence and Courtney Marie Andrews at The Triple Door in Seattle. It was a benefit concert for The Melodic Caring Project that streams live music to kids and teens in the hospital. It was my first experience with both artists and the MCP organization. It just went to show how much St Paul de Vence is active in our community and how gracious and caring they are as people. That being said, they put on a heck of a concert that night, and I was excited to see what they would do with a horn section in a smaller, more intimate venue at Conor Byrnes Pub.
At this point, the front of the stage and rest of the bar was pretty packed. And when the music started a pretty raucous cheer rang out. The crowd was ready for St Paul de Vence.
From the first note of the opening song to their last note of their set, St Paul de Vence let it all hang out. Benjamin Doerr interjected with fun, interesting stories about how his son was involved in the songwriting process of “Mama” and how the “Uke Song” was a working title that just never really was able to escape with a true title. The addition of the horn section was brilliant and is a nod to the musicality and brilliance of St Paul de Vence. They put together a show that sounded like they had been playing this songs the same way for years, but never lost a beat of energy or excitement for these songs.
Seattle has some of the best music in the world and St Paul de Vence is one of the best bands, major label or indie, in Seattle. Their dedication to their craft and their community is outstanding and the more people that know about them and listen to them, the better. If they are in your neck of the woods, which they will be touring in the Midwest in the spring, you should check them out.
Follow Nathan Reed on his Facebook fan page: HERE.
For more information about upcoming show for Sophia Duccini check out her website: HERE.
And for St Paul de Vence and their upcoming tour dates and other information, check out their website: HERE.
And if you are feeling generous, feel visit The Melodic Caring Project website and donate.
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