First off, in my opinion, the National Hispanic Cultural Center
is a treasure. This night specifically, the Albuquerque Journal Theater was a wonderful intimate space to experience live music. Thanks to Neal Copperman, AMP Concerts
and DCF for the great seats!
National Hispanic Cultural Center
I went to this show a virgin, having never heard of Josh Ritter
or any of his music. I love live music, and sometimes this is the best way to be introduced to an artist. The show opened with an odd but engaging performer, Mysterious Pete (I think was his name), and his guitar. Apparently not much of a speaker, he had some flash cards prepared to thank the audience for applause. He warmed us up for about half an hour, and then the usual few minutes before the lights go down for the main performance…
Neal Copperman Opening the Show
Mysterious Pete (?)
Josh Ritter and his band do not disappoint. You get the vibe that this group of musicians loves to perform and lives for the two-hour set. The music was mostly tight, but not overproduced, i.e. had a nice “live” edge to it. The show moved in waves from comical, humorous, thoughtful, profound, melancholy, haunting.
Often when you hear a song for the first time, you find something that you like, melody, the bridge, whatever… I have to say I was blown away by the poetic lyrics, performed by an engaging singer-songwriter…
I'm still waiting for the whiskey to whisk me away
And I'm still waiting for the ashra to lead me astray
- Other Side
She asks "Are you cursed?"
He says "I think that I'm cured."
Then he kissed her and hoped
That she'd forget that question
- The Curse
Paul said to Peter you got to rock yourself a little harder
Pretend the dove from above is a dragon and your feet are on fire
But I got a girl in the war Paul her eyes are like champagne
They sparkle bubble over and in the morning all you got is rain
- Girl in the War
I’ve already got three other AMP Concerts
on my calendar: Cowboy Junkies on June 20, TradiSon (a Cuban band) on July 11 and Over the Rhine on July 30-31.