Rough Trade Records
I have not seen as much live music as I used to. I prefer the small venues but I want to sit and be able to see. It is not that easy to achieve that but it was a perfect storm the other night and I got to enjoy all three. We made our way upstairs to the balcony and sat on the bench that overlooked the stage and happened to be closest to the stage. It was just perfect.
We went with some friends to see Okkervil River at Rough Trade Records. The venue is fantastic. A small venue, almost like a miniature Bowery Ball Room, that is extremely intimate. The venue also sits inside a record store that anyone could get lost in for hours.
Bridget St. John came out before Okkervil River. What luck. She has been around the music industry for years playing with the likes of David Bowie and Paul Simon. Her voice is absolutely beautiful. 71 years old and still belting it out. The audience was mesmerized. This photo gives you an idea of how small the venue is, I took this from the back.
Okkervil River released their latest album this past week and they played the entire album. Extremely melodic 10 person band on stage from vocalists to a trombone player.
A really great night. Reminds me how much I love live music when I get to have my cake and eat it too.