Last Night: Old 97's at House of Blues

Categories: Aftermath

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Photos by Jay Lee
Oh, dutiful journalism, the places I will go in your name. Last night, one of those places just had to be House of Blues. It's always a pleasure to watch Old 97's and I would put up that good fight to keep my spirits high in what is arguably my least favorite venue in town. But enough with the pouting; and on with the show (both literal and metaphorical, of course).

Earlier in the day I had learned that there was a campaign of misinformation indicating that the show would be kicked off by Nashville's Those Darlin's. This was sadly not the case. But who would it be? My best guess upon seeing the stage set-up for the first band was that it would be Oprah. I would not be getting a BRAND NEW CAR(!!!!!) tonight, no I would be adequately entertained by The O's.

The internet blackout didn't prevent me from finding out that these two very well practiced boys are from Dallas. If you weren't there, I'll offer some suggestions for you to listen to get the idea. Play one of each out of two different speakers at the same time: Neutral Milk Hotel & Dashboard Confessional, Gin Blossoms & Tom Petty, Son Volt & John (Cougar or no--ladies' choice) Mellencamp, Train & Black Keys and finally They Might Be Giants & Diamond Rio.

There was one guy, who we assumed was from Kentucky for some reason, playing guitar and a large antiquated kick drum. The other could have possibly been Chris Lilley (Summer Heights High, Angry Boys) in disguise as a quasi-indie-MOR-rocker and he played banjo and pedal steel. So here they have the "interesting instrumentation" but it didn't seem to be more than affectation. They could have capably performed these songs as a traditional rock band and be played during drive time or used to sell cell phones to people with "large circles." But you've gotta give white men in tucked in shirts something to talk about at the office tomorrow, I suppose. "Guess what? BANJO! Fucking choice."

Next up was a solo set by Old 97's front man, Rhett Miller. I'm not exactly sure this didn't happen at Cactus earlier in the evening. That would have made a lot more sense, but it makes me believe the conspiratorial theories about bands hating their fans and making them go to House of Blues and spend ungodly amounts of money at every turn with kickbacks from the venue for keeping them there longer to spend more. At least that's how my dog tells it.

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Lori
Lori

The only issue that I have ever had with House of Blues is the cost of the drinks; everything else is awesome. It has excellent lighting and sound. As for your comments about Rhett, you couldn't be more wrong. He is one of the hardest working singer/songwriter/entertainers in the business.... Maybe next time you should pay for your ticket instead of giving us the "Oh, poor me, my job sent me to see three awesome acts." must be rough.

Julie
Julie

I thought the author was annoying with her bitching about the venue and then saying she was hard-pressed to think of solo songs she'd like to hear from Rhett. He is an AWESOME performer, and he could sing the PHONE BOOK and I'd still enjoy it.

Marty
Marty

Rhett's solo set was a kind of bonus offering to make up for the fact that the opening band, Those Darlins, had to back out of the tour mere days ago.  I didn't even know that The O's were attached to the show until I got there.  Either way, I enjoyed the heck out of getting a bonus Rhett Miller solo show out of the deal.  FAR too few people showed up to see his last solo set at Fitzgerald's. Overall a great show last night.  I could stand to have more Tuesdays end like that.

Jamie
Jamie

It's amazing HOB still comps HP reviewers. I'm fairly certain you didn't pay a dime to see this show, April...knock it off.

Jay Lee
Jay Lee

I was there on a comp to photograph the show. You still have to pay for parking and the drinks aren't free...not even close.

Jamie
Jamie

Park on the street. Free.

No one is forcing you to drink. That's on you.

Jay Lee
Jay Lee

Park on the street blocks away from the venue and get robbed of all my photo gear...yea, that wouldn't be costly. LOL!

Floyd
Floyd

Bitching about the HOB being a shitty venue is OLD already. In the words of the geniuses of Portlandia.... "bitching about the House of Blues is OVER!"

HOB SUCKS
HOB SUCKS

Floyd - Couldn't be more wrong. The HOB sucks and I will drive to Austin to go see a band before I support that horrible place. DONE!

Matt Hall
Matt Hall

Considering gas is $3.25 a gallon and a tall boy at HOB is $10 ($53.33 a gallon) driving to Austin to see the show make make more economic sense.

Floyd
Floyd

Maybe you should just MOVE to Austin. 

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