Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sean Rowe Concert Memorial Day Weekend

This past weekend, Mitsy and I hosted a Sean Rowe concert in our backyard. To call Sean's set awesome is an understatement. Sean set up his gear under the sugar maple tree down by the garden and played about an hour and half long set. Joining Mitsy and I, were 30 wonderful friends and family members, who I think all enjoyed the show as much as we did.

The set opened with "The Walker" from the Magic album. He went on to play "Old Black Dodge" and later in the set "Wrong Side of the Bed" also from Magic. About 35 minutes into the show, dark clouds started rolling in and it appeared we were in for storm. We all were pulling up our phones and watching weather radar maps from multiple sites to determine where the storm was, when it would hit us, and what the hell we were going to do with 32 (actually 33 with Sean) people, since that many would not fit comfortably in the house to see a show. Sean said he would continue to play and we all decided to just play it by ear. With that he broke into "Joe's Cult" a kickass song from the "Shark and the Salesman" album. By the end of the song, in checking radar again, it appeared that the storm was splitting and going around us to the North and South. We had a couple of raindrops for a few seconds here and there, but Sean chased the storm away with his insane guitar skills and soulful voice. That's my theory anyway. Sean played additional tracks from the "Shark and the Salesman" as well as yet to be released material and a couple of cover songs, including the song that ended the set that completely melted our faces. I still need to find out the name of the song he finished with, as it was in a word, epic. He didn't play any songs from the album "27" which he recorded independently prior to being on the record label, so maybe there are rules about those kinds of things. My only regret is that I didn't locate a 2nd video tape to record the whole show, but I did get the first 12 songs on video that Mitsy and I will probably watch multiple times in the coming days and months.

After the show, some people bought some of Sean's albums and tshirts and took pictures. He gave Mitsy and I a copy of his single "To Leave Something Behind" on vinyl.

After the bulk of the crowd left, Sean gave a few of us a foraging tour around the yard. He has a lot of knowledge on wild edibles and showed us multiple "weeds" that we normally pull up that are common in our area, yet apparently edible and extremely nutritious. Might just have to try some burdock or milk thistle with butter now.

Sean went to bed early since he had a long drive home in the morning, but several of us stayed out by the fire pit to after midnight chatting and tasting a few craft and home brews. Strangely enough the lavender witbier that I had made (that I thought had turned out so badly) had aged nicely over the previous week in the fridge and was quite tasty.

Sunday morning Mitsy and I and a few other friends who stayed the weekend, had coffee with Sean and chatted for a bit before he headed back to NY. The concert was quite the kickstart to Memorial Day weekend and the summer. I wish we could do this every year.