Sunday, January 29, 2006

Mandosaurus roams the earth!

Finally got out and went to a show in spite of still being under the weather a bit, but I would have to be dead to have missed this one. If you read this blog, you know that I idolize Chris Thile as a musician. On Saturday night, Chris and Mike Marshall played their duet show at the Cactus Cafe. Chris has been doing duet tours in the winter when Nickel Creek shows slow down - usually they are with Mike Marshall, not always - but they have skipped Austin up to now.

Mike and Chris are definitely in the same league as musicians, you can't really say one is better than the other, it all comes down to preference for style. They are both amazing players, and "Amazing" was the most commonly used word I heard used to describe the shows afterward (there were 2 shows). Music styles were all over the map: choro, Bulgarian-flavor, Celtic, and hard-to-categorize. Just beautiful music.

During the encores, they brought young Sarah Jarosz up on stage. I think she is 14, she's a great talent - mandolin player and what a voice! She knows these guys from attending Symposiums with them. With her, everyone played Bluegrass. It was extremely cool. The whole house was singing along. I won't be surprised if we see her onstage next week at the David Grisman/Greencards show at the Paramount. More on that one later! If you get a chance to see Chris Thile and/or Mike Marshall, DO it, especially if you love great playing and acoustic music.
EDIT: At the end of the show, they did an unplugged, unmiked version of the Strokes "JuiceBox" on two mandolins. Yes, that's right! It was funny and very well-done! I loved it! That's such a Chris-thing. Hard to explain.

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Ellie said...

Geez Louise that must have been a good time. I too enjoy Chris Thile's work. It was you who introduced me to them in the first place. Luckily I did get to see them locally once. That must have been a delicious show.

Blueberry said...

Yep. Hoping they include us in the tour next winter too.