Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Update: MusicfestNW Finale (Neko Case)
MusicfestNW wrapped up Sunday with a big show at Pioneer Square, an outdoor plaza in the heart of downtown, where Neko Case worked her magic in front of a very large crowd, playing songs from all phases of her career, but mainly her brand new CD, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight , The More I Love You.
It says a lot about both Case's standing with her peers and her own ego that she could assemble such an all-star band that including two prominent artists in their own right, Kelly Hogan on backing vocals and Eric Bachman on guitar (Crooked Fingers, Archers of Loaf). Case and Hogan's vocals harmonies were exquisite and their stage banter hilarious. It was a smart, adept, wildly entertaining show.
One the show highlights was the song "Man" from the new record, performed here with her current band very recently on the Jimmy Fallon show.
Case's band goes wherever she needs them to, from rock to art pop to alt-country to classic ballads. New drummer Dan Hunt from Portland held it all together very well and is a good addition to her band.
Neko Case and band are on tour through the end of this year throughout the US and Europe, shows and links to buy tickets here. Highly recommended.