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We are back from our holiday trip to Alabama and I may actually finish the unpacking by tomorrow. Yeah me. Anyway, we ate lots of holiday food and saw loads of family. There was porch-swinging and football-watching. The rumors that Dad-in-Law and I yelled rude things at LSU when they beat Arkansas are vicious lies. Really. Not that it matters since the only bowl game that means anything ( IRONBOWL!!! ) was played on Saturday and my team WON!!!
We made it home early Sunday morning so I was able to watch the Steve Carlson concert on StageIT later that evening. This is the third stageit show I seen with Steve so I am not exactly unbiased in my review. Even so, it was still awesome. Jonah Dolan joined him for the show and played various drums while Steve played guitar and sang. Steve opened with Pinata Novia, which has slowly become my favorite Steve Carlson song and also played Days Behind from the new-ish album. I wish he would play Break Me but maybe it doesn’t transition well to acoustic.
There was some discussion in the chat stream about his shirt being mostly unbuttoned until everyone remembered his mom was on chat and then we were all embarrassed to be discussing his chest in front of his mom. He would never have known except Danneel Harris told on us and he hurridly buttoned a couple of buttons and after a few sighs the chat swung back to discussing music.
He did a great job covering Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight and then I am embarrassed to say I don’t even know what the last song played was because Jonah moved to play the keyboard, Steve picked up his mandolin and Jensen Ackles pulled up a chair behind them and joined in on guitar and MY BRAIN BROKE. I was pretty much worthless after that.
So basically the concert was awesome and once again I wonder why can’t Steve stand in my sunroom and play guitar all day?
I went to another StageIT concert last night. I hadn’t planned to see another show so soon but the link to a vid by The White Buffalo came across my twitter feed and while the video was okay the sound was just amazing. Jake Smith has this gorgeous, powerful voice and I was so impressed I popped over to stageit and bought my ticket as soon as the video ended.
Jake was set up in a studio so the sound was very clear. This was my first time to hear any of his music and I was just blown away. He opened with Into the Sun and followed with Wrong, which has some great guitar sections. I think the next song was One
Long Lone Night with the poetic line, “dreamin’ wide awake”, followed by a rowdy drinking-type song. Then he played Everynight, Everyday from his upcoming EP and the beautiful Love Song #1 he wrote for his wife.
Yes, you all can pause for a quick “awwww, how sweet” before we move on.
I am not sure what the next two songs were called but they were good. He ended the show with Pilot, which I liked and everyone else went wild over. The show finished up and I just sat there because a) it was an amazing show and b) why didn’t anyone TELL ME about him?
Jake’s new EP, The Lost and Found comes out on December 6th and in the interest of full disclosure I have to mention I WON a signed copy of the new EP after the show!! Once it gets here I will review it for you guys, after you know, I stop dancing around gleefully.
edit: thanks to Penny from Unison Music for the song title correction
So last night, after steak sandwiches from The Rib Hut, (a local barbecue place with actual steak sandwiches – they slap a steak on a toasted bun – so very good) I had a shower, straightened up the house a bit, made a pot of coffee, propped up my feet and turned my laptop on. Then I went to see Steve Carlson in concert.
Yes, on my computer. Through a website called StageIt, musicians can perform streaming concerts for their fans. You log in to the site, buy a ticket for the concert you want to see and when it is time for the concert you just follow the performer and enjoy the show.
The show started about 10 pm in Steve’s living room. (It’s nice to know Kahuna and I are not the only ones who hang our guitars on the wall.) Jonah Dolan joined Steve and played drums.
I think the next song was Chloe Bowed Her Head. I have mainly listened to Steve’s newer stuff so I am not as familiar with his older songs. The next song was Pinata Novia. I have decided every version of this song is my favorite. It is beautiful when he and Christian perform it together or when he sings it alone.
I said the strength of my affection
Has taken all my time
Like an hourglass, my heart fills up
But I’m losing my mind over you
The next song was The One I Want. It was my least favorite of the set but that may be because it came between Pinata Novia and Steve’s gorgeous cover of Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight. Not my favorite Clapton song either but I love Steve’s take on the song.
On the next song Steve played mandolin and Jonah moved over to the keyboard. It was a great song but I have no clue which one it was. (My twitter-fu reveals it may have been Running on Empty but I am not completely sure) Then they did Fade Away as the last song of the set, with Jonah back on drums.
One Thing was first song of the encore. Steve mentioned a new live album coming out in October (yea!) and then moved on to Wasted Jamie.
At that point the chat bar EXPLODED. Seriously, the typed clapping, screaming and “Yes! Wasted Jamie” comments scrolled by so fast they were almost unreadable. (The song was awesome as well.) The final song of the show was Dynamite, both in name and in actuality.
After that the show was over except for the screaming and squeeing on the chat bar. That continued on for a while after the concert and spilled over onto Twitter as well. The concert was pretty awesome and while I can’t speak for everyone I had a great time. It sounded like the other people attending had fun as well.
Some thoughts on the process:
The audio was pretty good. I used my headphones and got a very clear and clean sound. The video – not so much. It was a little blurred or grainy from time to time. I don’t know if I needed more muscle on my laptop or if it was just the limitations of the software and equipment at StageIt, but the video could have been much better.
Steve and Jonah seemed a little disappointed they couldn’t hear the fans watching the show. Part of playing live is the feedback from the audience so I can see where playing to a video camera would be a little awkward. Even so they did an amazing job. Maybe in the future StageIt could put together some kind of applause meter that flashed words or something at the performers to show how much feedback was actually being typed.
Before the show I had an error with my notes. Notes are the currency used on StageIt to buy tickets and tip the musicians and my note reserve said “0″ even after adding money to the account. Kristen and Tyler from tech support were able to fix it up for me by the time the show started so I was able to put money in the tip jar.
To wrap it all up, I like watching concerts online. While streaming online will never match the energy and excitement of a live performance, it is a nice alternative for people who can’t get out to see a show or for musicians to reach audiences in areas they don’t tour. I am looking forward to watching more concerts this way.
A special shout out to all the people I met during the show and joined up with on Twitter afterward. It was awesome to see and hear Steve live but meeting other fans was great as well.