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Beth Hart Band
A Concert Review
Beth Hart Band. "Who?" Well, they're a band, led by lead
singer Beth Hart. Beth Hart Band. "What?" You heard me,
Beth Hart Band. Beth Hart Band. "When?" Dammit, they're a
band, they play at local bars, so it's usually at night. Beth Hart
Band. "Where?" Read the answer for "When?"
again, except add Lollapalooza to that. Beth Hart Band.
"Why?" Because they may not be famous, but if you want to
see a talented band with a seemingly sometimes insane, sometimes
gentle, but never stopping for a breath lead singer dudette, then
for God's sake go see them. Beth Hart Band. "How?" Well,
check your local concert schedule, get in you car, and go listen to
some really cool songs you probably haven't heard on the radio -
Well, I guess this review is done, I answered all the basic
questions, so I'll just call it a night.
Alright, I may have answered the questions, but why should you go
see Beth Hart Band? I'll tell you why. Because you like Alanis, yea,
the Morissette dudette, but want something more, or someone more, or
someone whose lyrics may not seem to be "male-bashing,"
but someone with an energy level that never quits. That's the Beth
Hart Band. (or should that be "That's Beth Hart Band." -
Alright, I'm no english major, and will never claim to be, hell,
read some of our reviews and you can tell that none of us are, but I
always get screwed up as to where that "the" goes when
referencing a band or even if you should use it. So, give me a bad
grade for grammar, especially for putting a sentence inside
quotations marks during a review). Anyway, the more I listen to the
Beth Hart Band's CD, "Immortal," and especially after
seeing them live, I can say this - the band is good and Beth Hart
might be some crazed, sometimes psychotic (and I mean that in a
really cool way) dudette, but seeing them live gives a new look into
listening to the CD.
Well, enough of that intro shit, I went to see the Beth Hart Band
at Schuba's here in Chicago, and let's just say Schuba's is a pretty
small place. But, when there aren't any people there, it seems huge,
and unfortunately, this night, this was the largest venue I have
been to in a while. Basically, there were maybe a handful of people
at this show, which is too bad because the rest of the world doesn't
know what they missed.
The show was pretty short, hell, the band only has one CD that I
know of. Although short, and usually I will crucify a show that's
maybe an hour in length, if an energy level is reached of huge
proportions, and if a band gives there all even for a small group of
people, and the few people like them, this reviewer gives a good
review, especially if I like the show too.
If you want the set list, read the concert specs below or buy the
CD, it's basically the same, but the CD doesn't do anything that
this band, and especially Beth Hart, does live. For every song she
pours every once of energy into it. Beth kinda sounds like Janis
Joplin but for the now. They have a first single out called
"Run" which they played, although I think they should
release either "Isolation" or "Immortal" if they
want some air-play, and as the energy built throughout the show, it
was during the bluesy song "Am I the One" that Beth and
the band turned it up a notch. Drenching herself in water (Stu Gotz
would have loved the wet t-shirt look, but that's another story
entirely), Beth bounded out into the small audience, belted out
energy directly in the face of some half scared, half mesmerized
guys, tipped over a table, and basically was totally into a song
that, even without the energy she gave live, is cool. Wow, that
really doesn't describe shit, but I guess it's really hard to put
the energy into words. You have got to see it.
Yea, normal critics will probably say stuff like "an
overblown attempt to entice a crowd," but, I thought it was
really cool. It's just too bad she wasn't wireless because they she
could have gone after everyone in the crowd instead of a select few.
I guess all I can say is I really liked the Beth Hart Band. The
band has talent and Beth Hart is definitely not one to stand behind
her microphone and just sing. She works every song, she seems to
love her music, and doesn't give a shit if it's only for a crowd of
a few - she will still put every ounce of energy into every song and
have you leaving saying to yourself "What the hell just
Beth Hart Band (or should that be the Beth Hart Band - ah, shit,
who cares anyway) gets TWO BIG THUMBS UP! Any band that gives their
all for a handful of people will usually, automatically get one
thumb, but when a band goes totally out of their way to work every
person in the crowd, it's a two thumb-upper from me. And I guess
that's all I have to say.
That's it for this one. I'm The Dude on the Right. L8R!