Thanks to the tickets I won here on DCF, my husband and I went to the Willy Porter show last night. It was an amazing show! Willy Porter is an incredible musician, talented, inspiring and funnier than hell! I haven't laughed so hard in years. He made me cry, laugh and just plain sit in awe of his talent.

Michael Chapdelaine opened the show, as usual, he put on an awesome show! We have seen Michael perform several times in the past and have never been disappointed.

No offense to Michael, but Willy Porter was the highlight for sure! Tori Amos was so right on with her quote, “Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever.” My husband, Aaron Lewis, is a professional guitarist and it takes a LOT to impress him. He left the show inspired and wanting to pull out the guitar for some playing time.

In addition to being an incredible talent on guitar with a sweet voice, he could easily make a great stand up comedian. He played a song from his newest cd (or "digital coaster" as he called it) called "How to Rob a Bank", all about getting a job on Wall Street, buying a few suits for some "unchecked greed in a time of war".

His song, Unconditional Love, brought serious tears to the eyes, beautifully melodic and touching, he wrote the song for his daughter, but it brought me thoughts and memories of my recently departed dad.

Towards the end of the show, he asked for audience input, singing a completely improvisational song using topics shouted out from the audience. Topics included, squids, ex-girlfriends, crooked politicians, used car salesmen, and religious cults.

One of my favorites was a song dedicated to the painters in the room, "Too Big to Sell", all about Monet, Van Gogh and others. My favorite line of the song was "Each painting a page from their life".

The highlight of his show had to be the Mr. Rogers Neighborhood(who he called a Zen master) montage song which morphed into a great story about his crazy neighbors, Mrs. Crabankle, who came over dressed as a praying mantis looking for a little scotch at 8:30 am and hippy Bob whose line in the song was "Dude, when you going to Albuquerque?" Topped off with a looped recording of his "funk music" and his "whitey dance". I haven't laughed out loud so hard in ages!

He closed the show with another tear jerker song called "One More September" sung in the voice of a husband writing a letter to his wife lost on 9-11, telling her about everything she's missed.

I have to give a shout out to Donald, the man sitting next to us who filled us in on Willy and told me the names of all the songs that Willy didn't. Donald is originally from Milwaukee (Willy's home) and had seen Willy perform many, many times. Thanks Donald!

In case you're interested here's the entire song list;
Tribe, The Trees Have Soul, Available Light, How to Rob a Bank, Unconditional Love, A Hard Place, Tilt a Whirl, Angry Words, Audience improv song, Too Big to Sell, Failure to Evolve, Mr Rogers Neighborhood montage, One More September.

In closing, if you ever have the chance to see Willy Porter, pay any price, travel any distance, I can guarantee the show will be well worth it!

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Comment by Jill on March 30, 2009 at 4:04pm
I didn't get to go and I am so jealous... I love Willy and have seen him many times - I am from Wisconsin and so is he. He is a fabulous musician and all the shows I have been to have been great entertainment. The best song I have heard him perform is 'Road Bone' which is just guitar work. It is amazing. Thanks for sharing a great review of the show!
Comment by ScottyLew on March 30, 2009 at 9:39pm
It was a great show! Pretty rare to see such a great musician in such close quarters. Never thought I would see Willy Porter in an Albuquerque steakhouse! Awesome, thanks to Neal Copperman for setting up a great show.
Comment by neal copperman on March 31, 2009 at 1:30am
Thanks for all the comments. I'm glad everyone had such a good time. Sorry I didn't get to visit more. It was my first time seeing Willy too, and I was blown away. Not only did he put on an excellent show, but he was a joy to work with too. We'll definitely have him back. Richard - be sure to let everyone know when you get your photos posted!
Comment by Matt on March 31, 2009 at 2:40pm
Neal, I told you so, about 3 years ago..not enough draw, etc..? Thanks for having him here in ABQ, I am in CO now, but Willy is a treasure as a musician & a person. Keep up the great work, ABQ is way special and your efforts really contribute to that.
Comment by neal copperman on March 31, 2009 at 11:17pm
Actually, 3.5 years ago. August 2, 2005. I actually do pay attention to suggestions :)

And I said I was open to doing a small show, which is what we ended up doing (eventually!). Glad it finally happened though. And now that we've broken the Willy Porter barrier, I'm sure it'll happen again. Maybe we can get you back to ABQ for the next one.


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