Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Awesomest Pat McGee Concert Ever

I saw Pat McGee Band play several times in college, at least twice at Sweet Briar. And thus began my love for the band, in the fall of 1999 (especially rhythm guitarist and harmonizer Al Walsh!)

The band went through several iterations of members over the years, and enjoyed some mainstream radio success with "Beautiful Ways" off of their album "Save Me" in 2004.

They played at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis last night, and it was one of the best concerts I've ever been to. RHOS is an intimate venue, probably only about 100 people, and our table was about 8 feet from center stage. After the opening act (Matt Duke, who is an excellent guitarist and a very passionate singer), three men came out - Pat on lead guitar, Jonathan on keyboards, and Al on rhythm guitar. YESSSS! And thus proceeded the most kickass acoustic set from their first three albums (the one exception being "Elizabeth" in honor of Pat's daughter's birthday next week).

The guys opened with "Fine" and closed with "Passion" and "Rebecca". In the middle they played (in no particular order) "Could Have Been a Song", "The Story", "Who Stole Her From Heaven", "Straight Curve", "Flooding Both of Us", "On Your Way Out of Here", "Runaway", "Haven't Seen for a While", "Minute", and "Lost". All amazing music and vocals, with stories in between.

And then they came out for the encore. The 90 minute encore. Where they took turns playing lead on classic rock songs that had impacted them when they were younger and really encouraged them each to go into a music career in the first place. I'm probably not getting them all from memory at this point, but they played "Old Man" by Neil Young, "A Pirate Looks at Forty" by Jimmy Buffet, "Willin'" by Little Feat, "Something in the Way She Moves" by James Taylor, "New York State of Mind" by Billy Joel, "Take it Easy" by the Eagles, "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton, "The Weight" by The Band. Matt Duke came back on for a crazy guitar version of "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel. And they closed by harmonizing "Southern Cross" by Crosby Stills Nash and Young.

We didn't leave RHOS until 1am, and had to walk like a mile back to the parking garage in the rain (curse you, google maps, for lying and saying the parking garage was 0.2mi from our destination!) But it was an INCREDIBLE night.


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