In the city of Chicago, if you're going to see a live concert, the experience is going to be based heavily on the venue of said entertainment. The venues can go from just plain off-putting (i.e. The Congress and their intense security presence and horrible sound) to incredibly enjoyable (for example, The Metro on the city's north side). Lincoln Hall in the heart of the Lincoln Park area of the city, has quickly grown to be my favorite venue in the city, if not the entire Midwest region. The sound is great, the drinks and food are reasonably priced, and the layout of the venue is perfect, with a wrap-around balcony that leaves no bad spot to watch/listen in the house.
The opening act, Jeffertitti's Nile was spectacular; their attire just as varied as their sound. The act proved to be another suitor in the ever-expanding independent alternative music scene, and featured Father John Misty frontman, Josh Tillman, on drums. His previous experience drumming with Fleet Foxes proved to be useful, although this music was a little more demanding of a capable drummer.
Up next, after a short set break, was Father John Misty, which featured multiple members of the first group, Jeffertitti's Nile as contributing members behind Josh Tillman.
To be honest, it's hard to believe Josh Tillman wasn't a front man from birth, and it's reasonably easy to see why he took the opportunity to head his own group. His charisma and comedic banter between songs killed me, and his hip movements and stage presence would make Jim Morrison blush and got many members of the audience swooning where they stood.
The humorous thing about Tillman is his affection for being inebriated Videos have surfaced online featuring Tillman either drinking whisky, smoking marijuana, or even singing karaoke whilst on acid (a rousing version of "I Believe I Can Fly" can be found on YouTube). But with this notion can often come nervousness for a member of the audience. Bands (or members of them) can become so distractingly fucked up on stage that it can really ruin a show - Smith Westerns and Alkaline Trio come to mind as the biggest culprits.
|Father John Misty|
But with Tillman (and fellow members), his inebriation was never a distraction. In fact, if anything it helped him let loose on some songs. At one point, Tillman walked around stage spouting hilarious quips with his band members, then realized it and said "I got too high backstage and now I'm aimlessly talking to the band..." which drew a large amount of cheers and laughs. The star of the show was undoubtedly Tillman; his falsetto in "Nancy From Now On" and "Fun Times In Babylon" gave me goosebumps and "Hollywood Cemetery Forever Sings" played more like a jarring rock song than it allows to be heard on headphones. The band closed out with a medley of covers including "Nevertheless, I'm In Love With You" (Dean Martin) and an awesome rendition of Canned Heat's "On The Road Again" into "Green Onions" by Booker T & The MGs.
Below you will find some photographs I snatched while covering the show. You can see the full album over at our Facebook page!