Some artists are bit like high school friends. Best buddies in senior year, and then college happens, one loses sight, life goes on, and soon, they are but a distant memory. And then you meet at your reunion years later and the chemistry is back. Like many others, I sang along to David Gray’s “Babylon” countless times (badly, and in my car, never where others could hear me), so when I saw his name on the Pantages’ calendar it was high school reunion time.
Opening was Minneapolis’ J.S. Ondara a Kenyan native who has made his home in the Twin Cities and has made quite the impression on the local music scene. We saw him at First Avenue a few months ago with his band. This it was just Jay and his guitar. He certainly captured the audience’s heart. A few songs in a voice from the crowd called out “Who are you, what’s your name?”. He is working on his debut record out later this year and his songs were melodic, straightforward and beautiful. I loved his cover of “Smells like Teen Spirit”
Well, David, it’s been a long time. It’s good to have you back, buddy! Let’s go and cruise by our old locker.
Set List: Alibi / Ain’t No Love / Sea-Lately / Toil / BITW / Vegas / Only The Wine / Falling Free / Gathering Dust / World To Me / Be Mine / Otherside / Dun Laoghaoire-Smoke / Fugitive / Kathleen / Harder / Night Blindness / Forgive / Sail / Babylon Encore: Nemesis / TYL