Golden Belt, Durham
April 24, 2009
Unplugged, off the stage, in the audience, nice fox, "and it don't mean nothin' at all," but it reminded us why we spend our Friday nights in front of a stage instead of in line at a night club. We'll look back in twenty and realize that we are having the best times of our lives right now and unreplicable moments like The Rosebuds taking the last three songs of their set into the crowd with acoustic instruments and five hundred back-up singers will be the burned-in memories that recall the smiles to our faces.
In front of their hometown crowd and after a lengthy road trip, The Rosebuds gave a stellar performance and the entire night followed suit. From Bowerbirds' Phil Moore taking the stage with Lost in The Trees along with Ivan, to The Rosebuds doing a song with the Lost in The Trees orchestra section, the Friday night benefit concert for the Durham Arts Council at Golden Belt was full of surprises. In measures of excitement and energy, this was one of the best shows of the year. Now that I think about it, the last time that I wrote about a "best show of the year" it was The Rosebuds at Cat's Cradle with The Love Language and Megafaun; I guess they have a knack for making things grand.
The Golden Belt staffers pouring Sierra Nevada and Chardonnay were a delightful bunch of smiley folks also and the space is nothing short of beautiful. I am hoping for more concerts, more surprises, and more memories from this place.
Images from Friday night;
The Rosebuds on stage with the Lost in the trees orchestra section
Ari Picker with about 1/3 of the orchestra-pop wonder Lost In the Trees in frame