Vancouver goes south for Matthew Good at the Tractor Tavern

Matthew Good in Seattle

A short post about Matthew Good’s Seattle show below the jump.  You can find a longer one over at my own blog [jks].

Over the past decade or more I’ve been to a lot of Matthew Good shows. When I lived in Kelowna I drove to Edmonton, Vancouver, Whistler, Vernon and Kamloops to see the old Matthew Good Band play. I’ve seen him play curling rinks, hockey arenas, the Commodore and the side of a ski hill all across western Canada so the three hours (with border) to Seattle was hardly a trip at all.

I wasn’t the only Vancouver blogger who made the trip down, as I spent the night trying to take photos over the heads of John Bollwitt [jb] and Duane Storey [ds].  In fact the crowd seemed largely made up of cross-border concert goers from Vancouver who had made the same trip down.  A sad fact that even south of the border where his back catalogue isn’t the radio staple that it is here, Good could not avoid repeated calls from drunken idiots shouting for “Timebomb”.  I don’t say drunken idiots lightly, as the group just in front of me spent the entire show shouting at each other at the top of their lungs about such topics as pooping their pants.

I’m not going to go too indepth about a show that actually happened in Seattle, Vancouver artist and audience or not.  Instead I’ll just say that it was a very good show, and it’s well worth looking at seeing Good with a full band at the Orpheum this summer [mg].  Duane Storey has a good review of the show up on Good’s own website [mg] most of which I agree with.  The only part that I’ll argue is that I think the opening act Courtney Jones was terribly unimpressive.  She’s the sort of piano/vocals act that every city has a hundred of, and offered nothing particularly more interesting than what you could hear performed at an alternative coffee shop on a Saturday night.

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