Out late on a school night last night for a good cause: music. This time, the comfy, easy-going music room at C’est What? where I found a great atmosphere and tucked into a very tasty dinner before the show started. And none other than Mr. Johnny Cash was playing on the PA – tunes I’d never heard him sing, like “Your Own Personal Jesus” and “Danny Boy” (the latter song really takes you to church with that organ accompaniment).
Angela Saini kicked off the evening, performing an acoustic set on guitar, with her band’s (The Residence) drummer JB on snare and percussion. From “Dear Diary” and “New Canvas,” Saini treated us to a selection of tunes from her recently released Cakes and Callouses CD. Her vocals have this great combination of strong, clear and soulful – and even playful – whether performing a power pop ballad like “Raindrop,” the softer “Shadows” (which she dedicated to her dad) or the more tongue-in-cheek “Keeping Score” (written with a high school nemesis in mind). And she has this easy rapport with the audience that just makes you want to hang with her. I hadn’t seen her perform since her CD launch, so it was great to have the chance to hang out, catch up and hear her perform again.
Find Angela Saini and her music here: http://www.angelasaini.com/fr_home.cfm
Here’s Angela performing “New Canvas” during a traffic jam on her recent trip to Spain.
I hadn’t heard The Lovelocks before I arrived at the venue last night, but after hearing their sound check, I knew I was in for yet another musical treat. Zoe Neuman’s and Ali Raney’s sweet country harmonies are backed by an awesome set of strings, with Cory Lacey on guitar and Joel Schwartz on mandolin, banjo and guitar, and Ali on fiddle most of the night – even Zoe got on fiddle for a tune or two. Zoe and Ali have a great stage presence together – and funny! – going from comic tunes like “You Don’t Bring Me Anything But Doubt” (with lyrics like “I wish you were the one that got away.”), to their driving cover of “Miss Ohio” and the lovely melancholy ballad “Elephant in the Room.” And they did some really nice covers of Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” and Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison.” Polished, but warm and inviting at the same time, their performance was a delight. Nice work, ladies!
No record yet, but The Lovelocks are looking at releasing a CD in the fall. Check out their YouTube channel sometime. In the meantime, you can take a look at and give listen to The Lovelocks here: http://www.thelovelocksband.com/