No Dave. Marcus.

No Dave. He didn't show up as a surprise. It was just Tim Reynolds and his little trio, TR3. I'll save you some time and a headache -- don't go see this group. We all felt trapped on a wild 80's ride full of repetitive power ballads and screaming rock jams. Too much. Really. Lucas, Isaac and I waited out the last half hour on the lobby couches, and watched a slow steady trickle of people leaving the concert early. Isaac said it was like a "bad wedding band." I kind of agree. But we all also agreed, Tim Reynolds is an awesome studio and performance musician. But, he's a technician, not a personality. So, he wasn't very aware of his audience and that meant, between every song, we waited in long and awkward dead air while he tuned his guitar. That said, I suggest that you avoid anything "TR3" but go see him perform on the road, touring with Dave Matthews Band, starting in April. That's his best gig.
However ... the night wasn't a total loss. Tim wasn't good. Dave wasn't there. But we all loved Marcus.
The Marcus Eaton Trio was the opener band ... and I'm now officially a fan. Seriously. Amazing stuff. Marcus has a floor full of effects pedals by his feet. His performance is full of live loops that create layer upon layer of music. Looping is technology that allows a musician to play or sing a phrase or chord progression into the mic. It records on the spot. Then the performer hits 'play' to create a live running echo of background that becomes a backup chorus of voice, or guitar, or thumps of rhythm.
The bass and drummer were tight. And we loved watching the bass player. He had to reach over two or three times and cleanly saved a falling cymbal stand for the drummer. The drummer was banging his kick so hard that the floor was vibrating and the cymbal stand kept going into a death wobble. Each time, as it was about to go over, the bass player would reach over and put it up with the tip of his foot, or literally grab it and set it back on the drum cage. Never once did he miss a beat. Eventually, the cymbal did go crashing down to the floor, and we all went wild. Man, there's nothing like live performance.
Marcus Eaton is a mix of street performer, Sting, Dave Matthews, and John Mayer. He's a man of a hundred words and a billion riffs. He flipped between guitar voices on those floor pedals like an organist playing Bach. And this is saying something, coming from me. In the past, I have had to deal with only 3 or 4 effects processor pedals with my flute and/or midi instrument, and it has nearly given me -- and every musician or sound tech around me-- a nervous break down. You never know when that much technology is just going to up and revolt. So, speaking out of my own tech-ineptitude, I was in awe of the way Marcus had that many effects processors going so flawlessly. And he's a versatile vocalist. Ty bought his newest CD, "The Story of Now." But I think his live work is way way better than the studio recordings. All in all the Marcus Eaton Trio made for a great show... and just plain good music. 'Redeemed the night.
Here's other information, in case you're interested. Website:

For my gearhead musician geek friends --
this is what Marcus carts around, and loops on:
Boss RC-20 Loop Station, Boss DD-5 Digital Delay,Boss PS-5 Pitch Shifter,Line 6 Echo Park Delay, Fishman AFX Delay, Tech 21 Killer Wail Wah, Custom switching box, Goodrich Model 120Volume Pedal, Radial direct boxes
Baden Guitars a-style acoustics
Veillette 12-string baritone solidbody acoustic
Taylor 514ce


Anonymous said...

Um...are you speaking Croatian? Javanese? I love that you are so adept at that language, so clearly at home with it, and I haven't a clue!!