Monday, February 4, 2008

Show of the year: Grace Potter at the Media Club

Sometimes I don't understand Vancouver. Here's this talented band from the northeast,
currently playing venues like the Fillmore in San Francisco, and they come to Vancouver
and play the tiny Media Club to about 70 people, maybe 80. The listings said the doors opened
at 6:30, so I showed up at 7:30 just as the main act came on. And my friends Matt and
Lena didn't arrive until 8, coming in mid-way through the show-stopping "Stop This Bus".

After 90 minutes they came back for one encore, a 15-minute Down by the River that let them
show their jamming abilities one more time, and then it was time to break down the stage,
chat a bit at the merch table (I didn't have a chance to ask her about Java House, my
favorite living-room-size room in Canton, New York), and we got kicked out of the place
at 9 so they could set up for a punk show.

The band is playing somewhere in Idaho tomorrow, no doubt to a crowd about ten times the
size of the group on Saturday. At least we had that moment here.

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