A Lively Americana Performance

The Wood Brothers rocked the Somerville Theatre on Friday night!

The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers

I had never seen them perform but knew that they play a style of Americana music that I typically love. I’m happy to report that they exceeded my expectations!

The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers

Walking into the theatre, I was struck by the stage – it looked like a cozy shack in, say, the Blue Ridge Mountains. Very homey and inviting. You can see some of it in the following picture.

Chris Wood

Chris Wood

Oliver Wood on guitar, Chris Wood on bass and Jano Rix on drums and shuitar (looks like a guitar but plays an acoustic beat) comprise The Wood Brothers. Their sound is big – bigger than you would imagine from three instruments.

Oliver Wood

Oliver Wood

Chris

Chris

Jano Rix (in center)

Jano Rix (in center)

Their sound reminded me in many ways of The Band, one of my favorite groups of all time; that was especially obvious in their rendition of ‘Ophelia.’

In the middle of their set, they invited locally-based musician Ryan Montbleau to the stage for a couple of songs. It was my first time seeing him without his former band.

The Wood Brothers with Ryan Montbleau

The Wood Brothers with Ryan Montbleau

The band is touring in support of their recent release, ‘The Muse.’  They played songs from the entire range of their catalog, however.

Chris Wood surprised me (but probably not others who were familiar with their live performances) with his dancing, sometimes with his acoustic bass in hand, sometimes without. He has some smooth moves!

Chris

Chris

The show opened with Philadelphia native Chris Kasper, supported by Kiley Ryan on the fiddle. I liked them and would be interested in seeing them with a full band.

Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan

Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan

Toward the end of the show, the entire audience (at least those in the orchestra) was on their feet, dancing and gyrating to the energetic music. I have a feeling I’ll be seeing them on the Newport Folk Festival lineup one of these years (and they may have already been there before I started going to the festival).

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on March 2, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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