In spite of this setback, I'm excited to share with you my thoughts about the concert I went to with my 16-year-old son, Chris, last night, after he won tickets on Tixie. My post will be shorter this time around!
Chris has never met a concert he doesn't like. Many of our discussions revolve around his efforts to persuade us to go to concerts or music festivals, with the entire family in tow, even! He is completely besotted with concerts...even if he's never heard the band before. On the other hand, I'm less interested in going to concerts of bands I do not follow--I value my time and money too much!
But free is appealing, and I listened to the groups beforehand and knew I'd like them. Chris, though, deliberately did not listen to the music before the concert. The reason he bid on the tickets on Tixie was that he liked the band name (Milk Carton Kids)!
The Barefoot Movement
Do What You Please" (this video is from 2011, when they were even YOUNGER!):
I will definitely be following this group and looking for an opportunity to see them again when they return to Portland one day. And they made my teenager appreciate bluegrass--he loved them too!
Here's a quick clip of their recording of the Blind Melon song, "No Rain" (with some interviews):
The Milk Carton Kids
|Milk Carton Kids performing an NPR Tiny Desk Concert|
With a dry, quick wit, Joey loves to tell stories and tease his bandmate. Kenneth is an amazing guitarist. Before one song, Joey told us how much he'd been practicing his guitar, and how critical it was that we watch HIS hands during the next song. Then they started the next song, and Kenneth was just all over that guitar! Here's an example of Joey's banter, as he's explaining that they put up their first two albums (Prologue and Retrospect) for free on their web site (which I downloaded today!):
Here's a good example of Kenneth's guitar playing (see how you think they compare to Simon & Garfunkel!!):
Here's another song I like...Kenneth wrote it for his hypothetical future daughter, Charlie. I realized when they started describing it that I'd heard it on the radio (either KINK or NPR) just a few days ago:
I didn't buy their most recent album, the Ash & Clay, but I might have to do so. They are extremely generous musicians, not only offering their albums for free on their Web site, but also offering the entire album on youtube. They also still record their albums on vinyl and used these gorgeous, handmade microphones (made in Portland):