Neko Case @ Walt Disney Concert Hall, 11/16/07
"It's so nice and quiet and beautiful in here... from here the lighting kinda looks like a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica." -- Neko Case, melting the heart of every geek in the house while taking in the mysterious angles and lighting inside the Frank Gehry-designed concert hall.
Neko Case closed out the first half of Walt Disney Concert Hall's 2007-08 Songbook Series last Friday to a rapt, grateful, near-sellout audience of about 2,000.
The charming Ms. Case has the uncanny ability to slip from witty, girl-next-door, whiskey-tinged banter between numbers directly into a crystal-clear, wide-ranging, from-somewhere-near-the-heavens singing voice and Friday was no exception. She seemed a bit tentative at first in such an imposing and quiet hall but after three songs she ditched her high-heels, untucked her blouse, and freewheeled through the rest of the set barefoot.
Neko Case and her band, featuring vocalist Kelly Hogan and guitar/banjo/pedal steel guru Jon Rauhouse, rolled through a one-hour set (plus two sets of encores) spanning Case's solo recording career -- complete with its hints of edgy alt-country, torch-songstress belting, and nouveau desert rolling narratives. Yes, enough ridiculous quasi-genre classifications to put all typecasting to rest. Case, as one adoring fan yelled out, is "the real deal."
But first we'd like to share a couple tracks -- and our favorite banter -- with you right here."Hold On, Hold On" -- (Neko and Kelly's introduction dissects the glamor of the Lean Cuisine diet):
"Dirty Knife" -- (prefaced with an explanation of the song's Ukranian roots and the aforementioned "Cylon" remark):
photo by unsureshot via flickr.