Jeff Bridges & the Abiders at Warehouse Live, 4/12/2014
Sometime during Jeff Bridges' headlining set at Warehouse Live on Saturday night, things just seemed to click. It took a little bit for the band to warm up to the room, and more specifically the room to warm up to the band, but after that happened this show became a good one.
I'm not sure if it took the crowd getting over the fact that Jeff Bridges was standing in front of them, but when people finally did get over his celebrity and stopped shouting quotes from The Big Lebowski at the stage, things seemed to fall into place and it became a real show.
Not that Bridges and his aptly named band the Abiders were churning out bad tunes, it just seemed to bore the audience at first -- one that seemed quite excited about the performance heading into the start. Could be that most of the crowd paid the hefty ticket price just to get a glimpse of Bridges or yell inaudible movie quotes at him, but after they realized that it wasn't just him acting out his "Dude" persona, the unrest throughout the room was noticeable.
Most likely people were unfamiliar with anything he's ever done musically save for the few songs he sang in the 2009 film Crazy Heart, which maybe half the crowd might have seen. People were there to see Jeff Bridges be Jeff Bridges, and didn't realize they were getting such a genre-specific two-hour performance of his own original music.
And that two hours was jam-packed with folk- and country-based Americana, a genre that wasn't necessarily digestible to the audience in attendance Saturday. But halfway through the show, those unimpressed by the music decided to take off and those still enthralled by either Bridges' celebrity or what he was feeding them musically were afforded a bit more space to swing their elbows.
After that, you could tell the band knew who they were playing for, and upon realizing that brought a bit more heat to their playing. The Jeff Bridges show was over and it was time for The Abiders to shine.
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