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.

To check out tour dates, click here.

Cheers!

Rizzle

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Songs of the Week- 2/22/13 Friday, Feb 22 2013 

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Hey everyone!

This has been a wonderful week, musically, and I am absolutely delighted to share these songs with everyone. I hope that you all take the time to check out each of these songs and the artists who have created them. Enjoy!

5. Among Savages- New York City

New York City by Among Savages is rather inspirational song that encourages listeners to not give up when things do not go as planned. I came across Among Savages at a SOFAR show in Los Angeles, and I was quite impressed by them. They happened to play New York City off of their debut album, Wanderings of an Illustrative Mind, and I have been listening to the song off and on throughout the entire week. The impressive vocals, lovely arrangement, and uplifting lyrics all come together to make this song quite addicting. To purchase New York City and other songs, click here.

4- Sean Rowe-Bring back the night

Bring Back the Night by Sean Rowe is a soulful and heartbreakingly beautiful song that I can’t seem to get enough of. Sean Rowe’s deep voice paired with the smooth arrangement suit the lyrics perfectly. Sean Rowe is definitely a musician to look into. You can click here to find out more about Sean Rowe, or you can click here to buy tickets to see him open for Marcus Foster.

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3.Humming House- Forever is Better With You

Humming House’s Forever is Better with You is a wonderful song that has been stuck in my head this entire week. Endearing lyrics, amazing vocals, and a toe tapping, folky arrangement, are all attributes to making this song so amazing. I look forward to hearing more from this newly discovered (for me) band. The band hails from Nashville and has so far released a self-titled album and a live album, entitled Live at the Red Clay Theater. Check out Humming House here.

2. Swim Lessons- someday

I had the pleasure of discovering Swim Lessons at a recent Sofar show in Los Angeles. The first song that Swim Lessons performed was Someday, and it instantly intrigued me. The vocals are smooth and the arrangement is very catchy. Those attributes, combined with well-written lyrics make for a catchy tune that you’re happy to admit that you enjoy. You can find out more about the amazing Swim Lessons here.

1. No- the long haul

Yet another Sofar discovery is the band No. The Long Haul, happens to be one of my favorite songs from this amazing new find. With deep vocals, a melancholy, yet gritty arrangement, and lyrics that I can easily relate to, it’s not hard to see why I have been so attached to this song this week. The Long Haul is the type of song that anyone can get really into and lose themselves in. You can discover more about the amazing No here.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Featured Event: Marcus Foster 2013 US Spring Tour Saturday, Feb 9 2013 

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Hey all!

I have another featured event that i would like to share with you. This event is Marcus Foster’s US spring tour. Opening acts include Sean Rowe, Ruston Kelly, and The Lone Below depending on the show. I have had the pleasure of seeing Marcus Foster play twice in the last year, and it was an amazing experience. Not only does he have amazing vocals and guitar skills, but he is absolutely charming on and off stage.

If one of his shows happen to be in your area, please do yourself a favor and go see his show. The tour begins on February 27th at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA and ends April 13th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Phoenix, AZ. Below is the schedule for his US spring tour. You can find out more and purchase your tickets by clicking here.

Tour Dates:

Wed/Feb-27 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Sun/Mar-03 Hermosa Beach, CA Saint Rocke
Mon/Mar-04 San Diego, CA Casbah
Tue/Mar-05 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Wed/Mar-06 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Fri/Mar-08 Seattle, WA Vera Project
Sat/Mar-09 Vancouver, BC Media Club
Sun/Mar-10 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Tue/Mar-12 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
Wed/Mar-13 Denver, CO Hi Dive
Fri/Mar-15 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Sat/Mar-16 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
Tue/Mar-19 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Wed/Mar-20 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Thu/Mar-21 Columbus, OH Woodlands Tavern
Fri/Mar-22 Pontiac, MI Pike Room
Sat/Mar-23 Toronto, ON Gladstone Hotel(CMW)
Tue/Mar-26 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
Wed/Mar-27 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Thu/Mar-28 Boston, MA Café 939
Fri/Mar-29 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live Upstairs
Sat/Mar-30 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
Tue/Apr-02 Charlotte, NC Casbah
Wed/Apr-03 Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
Thu/Apr-04 Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
Fri/Apr-05 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre
Sat/Apr-06 Nashville, TN Exit / In
Sun/Apr-07 Memphis, TN 1884 Lounge
Tue/Apr-09 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
Wed/Apr-10 Dallas, TX The Door
Thu/Apr-11 Austin, TX Red 7
Sat/Apr-13 Phoenix, AZ Hard Rock Café

Cheers!

Rizzle