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

Take Cover…Friday No.3 – Abbey Road Edition Friday, Nov 9 2012 

So for a few reasons, this week’s Take Cover Thursday  is happening today…on a Friday.  In addition to that change, this week’s Take Cover Thursday focuses on a Beatles cover band Abbey Road. On 11/04/12, my bestie and I saw Abbey Road at one of our favorite venues, Saint Rocke. Saint Rocke is a smallish venue located in Hermosa Beach, California. The venue offers a full bar and a delicious menue. The lighting may not be so good for pictures, but the atmosphere is addicting.  When the show started, I was amused and happy to see that Abbey Road were dressed in a black suit and tie a la A Hard Day’s Night era. Abbey Road performed every song off of the A Hard Days Night album and brought the crowd to a different era through their renditions.

After their first set, Abbey Road took an intermission to change into spectacular Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band  costumes. The costumes and the set was by far my most favorite. Sgt. Peppers was always a favorite of mine, so I was thrilled to see Abbey Road cover a few songs off of the album.

Next, “John” did a solo performance of You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away  followed by “Paul” performing Yesterday.  With the solo’s done, Abbey Road had one set left. The Last set included costumes reminiscent of The White Album era.  The last set included performances of Back in the U.S.S.R. , and  Hey Jude.

Over all, the entire performances were really good.  As far as cover bands go, Abbey Road was one of the best that I have seen. Through their costumes, vocals, and instruments, Abbey Road was able to make the audience feel like they were almost watching the real thing. I feel the need, however, to mention that the night was bitter-sweet. While it was fun to listen to great music from a really good Beatles cover band, it was rather depressing to think about the fact that I will never experience an actual Beatles show. Sure, I have had this thought before, but it really hit me hard that night. While I can discover and listen to new covers of the Beatles song that I love the most, there will never be another new release or new concert from one of my favorite bands. The thought serves as a reminder that good music never truly dies. It can be lost or forgotten for a while, but it never dies. I am at least grateful that I am able to find and listen to pretty much any Beatles song 40 something years after the band ceased being a band. Not many great bands can boast the same.

Rachel