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Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians (with Steve Forbert) - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians (with Steve Forbert)

Date: 4 May 89 10:22:45 GMT

I just got home from the Edie Brickell and New Bohemians concert at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. It was an incredible show! Edie Brickell was born for the stage. She (I say she because even though the rest of the group are very good, they're completely overshadowed by her) played a long show, then two encores. She just didn't want to leave the stage.

I went into the show just expecting nice music and a nice show, since all I knew of the group was the three or four songs from her album that they played on the radio. I was expecting a good show, but not really expecting a great one. I was wonderfully surprised.

The warm-up act was Steve Forbert, who sang and played his acoustic guitar and harmonica alone. I don't know how to describe his music. It sounded kind of like country, but it couldn't have been country because I hate country and I enjoyed his performance (I didn't like it so much as to get his record, but I was entertained).

Back to the main act... The group has an interesting set of people: Edie, the lead singer, who also played some acoustic guitar, Brad Houser, the bassist and only original member of the Bohemians, Kenny Withrow, the lead guitarist, John Bush and Matt Chamberlain, the drummers (yeah, two drummers; Matt does regular drums and John plays things like bongos, chimes, and gongs), and the rhythm guitarist Wes Martin. It's well worth the number of people; they get a lot of sound out of their six.

Their music is very interesting. Edie writes lyics, and described them (in an interview in the program) like this: "I've always liked words. I'd just write little things on pieces of paper and put them in drawers. Strange thoughts would run through my head. So I started putting them in songs and brought them to the band." While singing, she stands, sways, or sometimes dances, looking so relaxed she's about to fall down. Her voice has the same feeling to it, high pitched with a deceptive waver.

The show was really great, because of Edie's attitude. She looked like she loved being on stage, singing and commenting on her songs, and wanted to stay on longer even after two encores. She had short introductions for most of the songs, which were mostly only tenuously related to the songs, and very funny.

The program booklet that we were given as we came in had a couple of pages about the band, mainly focusing on Edie. How she got into the band is really interesting:

"As a teenager, she was just another kid. Like many others, she blended into the background, nothing about her seemingly special. Terribly shy, no one paid much attention to her. At college, she was just another freshman who had no idea what she meant to do with her life.

"Then one night a girlfriend dragged her to a tiny Dallas, Texas after hours club and put a show of Jack Daniels in front of her. By the time 2:30 a.m. rolled around, Edie Brickell was 'inspired', as she calls it, and singing with the band on stage."

She may have started her stage career by her friend getting her drunk and sending her up on stage, but it looked like the only thing she was drunk with at tonight's show was the pleasure of of being on stage. She even shook hands with about everyone in the first couple of rows, so she could stay on stage a few more minutes. (sigh) I was only in the sixth row.

It was a wonderful show. If you have to skimp on groceries to see it when it comes to your city, do it. Don't miss this one!

        Steve [real last name, which people shared back then]

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