Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Blind Pilot (Urban Lounge) Review

I've always been one for anything in the folk genre, so I was pretty excited when I discovered Blind Pilot would be stopping in Salt Lake City. I know I've said this a few times in the past, but I will continue to say it over and over again. Sometimes the best shows are the ones you go into with little to no expectation.

I discovered the band while listening to Fleet Foxes and Dr Dog pandora stations, typically at work. I knew that I really enjoyed the band, but for whatever reason, I had never taken that extra step to listen to their albums in full. So going into this show I had listened to their first album "3 Rounds And A Sound" and a few tracks off of "We Are the Tide." Anyways, as I stated in the show preview (Show Preview Click HERE) I really enjoy how most of the songs have a simple strumming pattern accompanied by a simple drum beat which was portrayed nicely in their live set.

The band came on stage to a sold out crowd at Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City on January 28th. They seemed pretty humbled and at home for most of the set, even cracking a few jokes about the Utah liquor laws, but also stating they have made many stops in the city.

Initially a duo of Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski. The group now consists of Kati Claborn on banjo and dulcimer, Luke Ydstie on upright bass, Dave Jorgensen on trumpet and harmonium, and Ian Krist on vibraphone. Six members on stage, makes for a nice array of instruments with Nebeker's (Vocals/Guitar) always shinning through. They played some of their more upbeat pop driven songs, but also played some of their slower and rustic ballads. The crowd was pleased often cheering and clapping during the middle of songs such as, "Go on, Say it."

It's truly amazing how touching music can be, especially live. Blind Pilot has a rare magical stage presence with the ability to awe you. However, often silent, they still have the ability to get you clapping and dancing. Everyone in the audience was treated Saturday night and most likely walked away with something.

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