We will be getting our recaps of this week's The Lone Bellow shows up soon, but in the meantime we wanted to share our friend, Di Holmes's, gorgeous pictures of the band's shows in London, St. Albans, and Brighton. Thanks for sharing them with us, Di!
Earlier this week Bobbie and some mutual friends of ours made a trip to Boston's Brighton Music Hall to see a Fantastic Negrito performance. I, unfortunately, was unable to attend, but in getting some details of the show, I was reminded of how incredible it is to be able to see a show at Brighton Music Hall. It's a great little venue.
This week we purchased tickets to two more recently announced Lone Bellow shows (Boston and South Burlington), and we already have tickets for their Seattle and one of their NYC shows. (There's nothing so great as knowing you have some Lone Bellow concerts in your near future!) After these concerts, we will both be into the twenties as far as the number of times we've seen them. We may have to stop counting, which is not a bad problem to have!
It was over two years ago that we first entered Brighton Music Hall, having no idea what we were in for. (You can read more about that here.) I found this video from that night of "You Never Need Nobody" and was reminded of just how much they impressed us from the get-go. We are a little sad that we most likely won't get to see them in that space again, but are grateful for every chance we do get to see them, no matter where it happens to be.
Back in May, after we saw The Lone Bellow perform at MassMOCA, we really struggled to write a recap of the show that sounded fresh. I suppose this is the downside of going to so many of the band's shows - it starts to feel like we are saying the same, gushing things about their music and their performance over and over again! So we were grateful when Matthew Rector of Old School Record Review got in touch with us to share his review of the show. We enjoyed hearing his first-timer perspective, and we are happy to share it with you on our site.
Watching the trio, along with bassist Jason Pipkin and drummer Justin Glasco, sweat their way through a ninety-minute set plus an encore, frenetically dancing around stage and pouring so much furrow-browed passion into their vocals, I came away feeling this is simply a group of talented people who are fortunate enough to get a chance to do what they love. You can see the joy on their faces and hear the excitement in their voices. They aren’t taking fame for granted, it’s all still fun and new for them.
Way back before we were the crazy fans we have become, The Lone Bellow did a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR music. We somehow missed this when it was first released two years ago, but we found it shortly after seeing the band for the first time, and it immediately went on our favorites list.
For this week's throwback Thursday, we're only going back a few years. We were thrilled when Brian Elmquist's mother-in-law contacted us to share some pictures from Brian and Ashley's 2012 wedding. She was kind enough to give us some details, including the fact that the entire band participated in the celebration. We love that The Lone Bellow's relationship extends far beyond making music and touring together, and we are convinced that their love for one another is part of what makes them so amazing.
A while back, Brian posted a childhood photo of himself on Instagram. We thought it would be fun to share it here, because he was a wicked cute little boy! So now we've seen how adorable both Zach and Brian were as youngsters, and we have no doubt Kanene would hold her own in the cute category!
Today is the day! After an almost 6 month dry spell of not seeing The Lone Bellow live, we will finally get to see them perform again. To say we are excited is a huge understatement. They will be back at Paradise, the place they performed at the last time they were in Boston. We've written about it before, but it bears repeating, that show was hands down the best concert we have ever been to. We are so looking forward to seeing them in that space again.
We were honored when earlier this week, Marc Lacatell, a photographer for Glide magazine, reached out to us. He wanted to let us know that he would also be at tonight's show, and shared with us his first time seeing The Lone Bellow, which happened to be the first time we saw the band, too. (You can read more about that here.) Two years ago, if you had told either of us that we would soon be doing all sorts of crazy things just to see an opening band that we had never heard of, we would have laughed in your face. OK, maybe we wouldn't have laughed. The truth is, we have done a lot of crazy things to see musicians we love, but The Lone Bellow has brought out a level of crazy that we did not know existed within us! We'll save that for another post, though.
Marc was kind enough to point us in the direction of an interview and concert review, as well as a great collection of photos from the band's April 2013 trip to Boston. We absolutely love looking back at these photos. Although it sounds incredibly corny- it is, in fact, pretty corny- the night we first saw them was pretty special to us.
Tonight I will be seeing my 10th Lone Bellow concert. 10! Perhaps that seems a little excessive, but I think 10,000 shows would not be enough. Whatever it is they do, they do so very well, and we really cannot get enough.
How it all started:
Who We Are
We are Abra and Bobbie, two friends living in Boston who go to a lot of concerts together. We saw The Lone Bellow, having never heard of them, and could not believe our good fortune in discovering such talent. We now try to go by the "Four-Hour-Rule", meaning if we can get to a show within four hours, we will be there, hopefully right up front.