Marcus Foster Show Review Tuesday, Mar 5 2013 

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On March 3, I found myself at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California. That night, Saint Rocke would play host to three amazing musicians: Ruston Kelly, Sean Rowe, and Marcus Foster. Though the venue was not fully packed, it buzzed with the audience’s excitement.

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The first set of the night belonged to Nashville based Ruston Kelly. With a soulful voice, and obvious skills on the guitar, Ruston Kelly performed an eight song set list for the audience. With a voice reminiscent of Ryan Adams and Jeff Buckley, Ruston Kelly belted out his extremely well-written lyrics. From the toe-tapping Blue Bird to the amazing cover of Gram Parsons Return of the Grievous Angel , Ruston Kelly wowed the audience. It was a memorable performance, by and extraordinary artist who is sure to go far.

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Set List:
1. Blue Bird
2. Wishing You Could be Free
3. Cardboard Crown
4. Return of the Grievous Angel
5. Songbird
6. Two
7. 12th Avenue Breakdown

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The second artist to perform was the eclectic baritone, Sean Rowe. With a full band and tattered vocals that are similar to Leonard Cohen, Sean Rowe kicked off his set with the hauntingly beautiful Flying. From the very first note, Sean Rowe had the audience fully captivated and cheering for more. Other mesmerizing songs performed by Sean Rowe included Bring Back the Night, Old Black Dodge, and Downwind. It was an inspiring set that ended far too soon.

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Set List:
1. Flying
2. Joes Cult
3. Bring Back the Night
4. Old Black Dodge
5. Old Shoes
6. Down Wind

The last performer of the night was soulful British singer Marcus Foster, who was joined by a full band. Marcus Foster got the audience moving when he kicked off his 14 song set with the haunting tune, Shadows of the City. Though his set included minor setbacks in the form of a broken guitar string and a guitar that was not properly tuned, Marcus Foster performed with ease and charm. Some of the songs performed throughout his set include Rushes and Reeds, Draw the Line, I Was Broken, and John Martyn’s I Couldn’t Love You More.

Set List:
1. Shadows of the City
2. Worn Down by Time
3. The Room
4. Rushes and Reeds
5. Strange Woods
6. Wrong Frame of Mind
7. Draw the Line
8. In This Town
9. Don’t Need to Lose you to know
10. I won’t Let Love Get in the Way
11. Watch This City Burn
12. I Was Broken
13. I couldn’t Love You More
14. Old Birch Tree

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Overall, the night was filled with addicting music and great company. While the crowd could have been larger, they could not have been more excited about the music that they were allowed to experience. It was an evening that most will hope to experience again, but few ever will.

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Cheers!

Rizzle

Songs of the Week- 3/1/13 Friday, Mar 1 2013 

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Hello! Another week, another list of amazing songs. Enjoy!

5.Bright Eyes- First day of my life

First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes is a quirky love song about what happens when you meet “the one”. Conor Oberst’s vocals are stripped down on this track, which makes the song seem more relatable and touching. The arrangement is sweet and simple. To listen to and/or buy First Day of my Life, click here.

4.Jon Regen- Stay

Stay by Jon Regen is a beautiful song filled with emotion and encouragement. Jon Regen’s amazing voice, accompanied by a piano and string section, force the emotions of the lyrics right into the listeners heart. It is hard to not feel touched by this amazing song. More information about Jon Regen can be found here.

3.Greg Laswell- Comes and Goes

Greg Laswell’s Comes and Goes is a beautifully arranged song that has seemed to captivate me this week. Gorgeous vocals and a soothing arrangement allow listeners to feel the power behind the lyrics of Comes and Goes. It is a song that I am grateful to have discovered. Discover more of Greg Laswell’s amazing music by clicking here.

2.Little Green Cars- Harper Lee

Little Green Cars is a band that I found out about recently, and I cannot get enough of them. Harper Lee is one of my favorite songs from them. The vocals and arrangement are spot on, and the lyrics are well written. Click here to find out more about Little Green Cars.

1.Ivan and Alyosha- Beautiful Lie
Ivan and Alyosha’s Beautiful Lie is a song that immediately grabbed my attention upon hearing the first note. Beautiful Lie is one of those songs that feel new and familiar all at the same time. The vocals feel Beatle-esque to me, while the arrangement of the song feels refreshing. You can purchase Beautiful Lie and other amazing songs from Ivan and Alyosha here.

Cheers,

Rizzle