Saw ‘em twice – at the 9:30 Club in DC, and at the Warfield in San Francisco. I have to agree with deadweightloss, the acoustics matter – the Warfield show wasn’t nearly as good as the DC show – but the guys are phenominal on stage anyways. The price of admission is worth it when John Butler does his instrumental “prayer” Ocean… 6 years ago
I’ve seen JBT 6 times and every time they have put on an amazing show and surpassed the previous. I have also had the opportunity to meet the band on 2 separate occasions and can’t say enough about how nice they all were. 7 years ago
OK, maybe we had a bad venue. We saw him (them) at the ANU in Canberra. It was noisy and smokey and the accoustics were just bad. I was disappointed, because I loved the recorded versions, and I had images of watching his fingers over the strings. 7 years ago
I’m doing this!!
They’re playing in London on the day I hand in my undergraduate disseratation. So I’ll be handing in my work then running to the trainstation to catch the show. Exciting! 7 years ago
There are some bands that create great songs but can’t entertain worth a damn: it’s like listening to their CD live.
This is definately NOT the case for JBT, who I went to see last night at the Horden Pavillion in Sydney, Australia. I can easily say they’re the best live performance I’ve ever seen!
For every song, John is handed a new guitar or instrument (banjo or bongos), they extend the solos out forever and they have a talent for building their songs up to a crescendo that results in the crowd going wild and you get that rush of ‘cool’ when you listen to these guys.
The highlight for me was probably the drum solo – the drummer Michael (I think that was his name) just went crazy for about 10 minutes – I actually had a rush of endorphins when he finished. Amazing!
Anyway, if you’re not heard them, I highly recommend their latest album, Sunrise Over Sea – and if they’re playing live go and see them! 8 years ago