I saw The John Butler Trio last night, outdoors at the Uni of Canberra.
It was a concert that had been postponed since August after one of the trio was unwell.
And no wonder one of them was sick. This is one hard working band. They have been playing gigs almost constantly this year, since releasing ‘Grand National’. And in the next month or so they are doing a hectic ‘Good Excuse’ tour of North America.
Check out these dates:
1 Indianapolis, IN Vogue Theatre 2 Nashville, TN City Hall 3 Milledgeville, GA Sweetwater Festival 2007 5 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse 6 Washington, DC 9:30 Club 8 Baltimore, MD Sonar 9 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory 10 New York, NY Terminal 5 11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater 13 Toronto, ONT Kool Haus 14 Pontiac, MI Clutch Cargos 16 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre * 17 Madison, WI Berrymore Theatre * 18 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue 21 Kansas City, MO VooDoo 23, 24 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre 26 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre 29 Anaheim, CA The Grove of Anaheim 30 San Diego, CA 4th & B Concert Theatre DECEMBER 1 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre 2 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre 5 Bend, OR Domino Room 7 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre 9 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
That’s just 8 days free on a 38 day tour.
And this map: (yes, I did spend time making this up myself)
Not a bad trek around the country!
It’s a dream of mine to do a tour like this. You get to see a country, play music, make money and have a bloody awesome time.
Mind you, I am sure you’d be buggered after it.
It was a fantastic show. ‘Peaches and Cream’ was amazing. ‘Pickapart’ went off, and ‘Funky Tonight’ finished the night off well.
The crowd was interesting. Lots of people who probably don’t get out to concerts much. The talking during some of the songs was annoying, but everyone was quiet for Peaches and Cream, which was nice.
Shannon Birchall on bass and Michael Barker on drums are just outstanding musicians. I was mesmerised by Michael on drums. He just does it so effortlessly. And of course, when Shannon did his big solo on his double bass, I was awe-struck. They can all play so well. I am damn jealous… I’ll never be that good, but I wish I could just transform into their bodies for a night.
So, if you’re in the US and have never seen JBT live, treat yourself. You won’t be disappointed!