Thursday, October 21, 2010

Let The Drummer Kick

Eclectic beats backed by bear-it-all lyrics; deeply personal and intensely powerful references to grief, love, American culture and never giving up. A tough to categorize mix of hip-hop, blues and folk music, sung with passion and conviction, Citizen Cope barely opens his mouth but that soothing raspy voice and his relaxed stage presence have the crowd mesmerized. Concert goers sway to the beat and attempt to remember the words, while fantasizing about smoking a j with him backstage. (What?! the man exhaled a puff as he entered stage right!) Citizen Cope is one of my favorite singer/songwriters who a friend turned me onto with a mixed CD back in college. My sister and I saw him acoustic two years ago at the Orpheum Theater (front row, hanging onto every word) and last night backed by his band at The House of Blues. His music is versatile in the sense that the same song can be comforting and mellow or one to let loose and (sway) jam out to. I could listen to him on repeat, day after day and never tire. (In fact, I do.) I don't have a particularly vast repertoire of artists I listen to and I am by no means knowledgeable on the new music scene. But to cling to certain songs and grow accustomed to the repeat button is truly a beautiful thing. A night of dancing to them live with a beer in hand next to someone who loves them just as much as you is even better.
I realize Citizen Cope is not mainstream music, (fans are gasping, but it is true, a lot of people don't know the man) so for those of you mumbling to yourselves Citizen who? And those of you with an open mind, I'll leave you with some videos of my favorites. Pick and choose, skip them all together (though I wouldn't recommend it) or get hooked. My apologies in advance for the bumpy ride and the fuzzy views. It's the sound that counts!
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Bullet And A Target
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Let The Drummer Kick
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Penitentiary
I had a video of Sideways in the encore performance, but it didn't want to upload. Other favorites include: If There's Love, Son's Gonna Rise, Hurricane Waters, Pablo Picasso (ah heck, they're all favorites.)
This was my first time attending a concert at this venue since it was re-named The House of Blues (formerly The Avalon / Axis Nightclub) though the atmosphere retained in my memory, from a past concerts is pretty much the same! Security is tight so don't be surprised when they check your ID and tickets multiple times at various checkpoints on the street and as you enter (true story) and then proceed to split you up, guys line, girls line, and thoroughly search you. The whole nine, I'm talking the pat down to she literally opened every zipper pocket in my purse and searched in my wallet.
We look sketchy, I know.
The House of Blues sits on Lansdowne Street across from Fenway Park. There is a restaurant on the premises, although we didn't check it out. They offer a full bar (and will steal your nips at the door if you try to sneak any in.) The majority of the venue is standing room with a few seats located on the upper levels.Be prepared for a crowd. But this is a concert, so you knew that. The doors for this show opened at 7:00. We arrived around 8:30 and they went on at about 9:30. You don't need to get there super early to get a good spot, unless you are legit looking for front row. We meandered around the bar and probably stood in our location (shot above) from about 9:00 on.
We ran into a few high school friends from Cape Cod at the show! We had ourselves a blast and felt sorry for whoever has to clean this mess.
Post concert we made our way to The Lower Depths (which you will find a more in depth review of here, pun intended) for some grub at the bar.
I drank a Cisco Pumple Drumkin ($6).
I thought until just now that the menu read "Pumpkin Drumkin".
It is a pumpkin beer and comes very highly recommended by the bartender, who is a super nice guy. He was personable and chatted with us as we attempted to sober up with Cheese Quesadillas ($7). Insanely good homemade salsa and guacamole accompanies; Leah and I devoured these and paid the tab as we realized it was 12:30 and we needed to catch the last Green Line train home.
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16 comments:

MelissaNibbles said...

Quesadillas are my go to drinking food. I almost burnt my foot making them one night after getting home from a night out. Don't ask about how my foot got near the Foreman. It was a Michael Scott moment.

My bf loves Citizen Cope. I know a lot of his songs through him. Sounds like it was a fun show!

Simply Life said...

Looks like a great time with the perfect meal to follow!

Di said...

I love the HOB! I've never been that thoroughly checked though! Sorry they practically tore you apart. We used to sneak nips into Avalon all the time for concerts. It was tough being underage! ;)

I'll have to check out The Lower Depths some time, too.

I'm glad you had fun! It looks like it was a great concert.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

It sounds like a great night! I'm dying to know how you rank the Pumple Drumkin among other pumpkin beers...

shari @ little blue deer said...

Of COURSE you picked Bullet and a Target and Penitentiary, my two faves! Not surprising, not surprising at all. ;)

Megan said...

Thanks for all the info on HOB... now I know what to expect tomorrow night. Looks like you guys had an awesome time!

Corinne said...

drummmer kick AND pumpkin beer!! so fun.

the big downside to the hob is the price of alcohol. so much for a beer/drink. dont ask them to make you a white russian either. they legit fill a cup with cream. ew.

awesome write up!

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

Looks like such a fun time! And a pumpkin beer I haven't tried?! I will be on the lookout!

Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said...

Haha, you have the most awesome nail polish colours ever :D

Alicia said...

Party Animal. I think its funny that you were out super late on a school night the same evening that I went to bed at 9. I feel like an old fuddy-duddy.

Love Lower Depths...It should be on the bar crawl...and I'm looking for that pumpkin beer this weekend.

That is all
xoxo

Alicia said...

OH, and duh, that pic of me is taken on the front patio - bar crawl...Eastern Standard, Lower Depths....

mr. pineapple man said...

oh the guac!!!!!!!!!!! looks delicio!

Amber Blue Bird said...

Yes I was thinking Citizen Who? but I am digging the music

Bridget said...

I LOVE Pumple Drumkin!! Cisco has awesome beers! I've never been to the Lower Depths but it sounds great and my hubs would love the beer list!

Cuzin Carly said...

i love CC!! what an awesome artist ...i am sure you two had a great time!
i would also love to taste pimple dimpleeee...maybe you can bring me a taste considering i will be seeing you in 2.5 days now!!!

Oh, My Darling said...

I loooove Citizen Cope!!! Saw him perform at a free outdoor concert a few years back, and it was such a great musical experience. Looks like you had a blast at a wonderful show!