Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats killed it last night.
That’s just about all that can be said.
They killed it.
If you haven’t heard of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, you are missing out. Nathaniel Rateliff is a soul, bluegrass, gospel (hell, can you even categorize him?) singer from Colorado. (He was born in Missouri but calls Colorado home.) His band is just as amazing as he is though they seem to be a bit over powered by Rateliff’s amazing voice.
Rateliff has been around for awhile now. He has played the Twin Cities on multiple occasions and it has always been to a small and humble crowd… until last night. Rateliff has taken the indie scene by storm with his single S.O.B (Son of a Bitch). Last night was a sold out show at The Turf Club and Rateliff more than proved that he was worthy of the crowd and definitely not going anywhere anytime soon.
Although he may seem like a one hit wonder to those who just hear his hit in passing on the radio, his newest recording Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats is full of soulful songs that keep you wanting more. They played just about every song off of this album including a new one that has not been recording yet entitled Parlour. Each song was just as good as the last and each song had you moving around whether you had heard the song before or not. In the case of this crowd, It’s safe to say that majority of them were there only to hear the one song they knew from the radio S.O.B. (myself included) but that didn’t stop them from moving around.
Although the set was short, 13 songs total, it hit you like a roundhouse kick to the face. There were fast songs, slow songs, fun songs, deep songs.. it didn’t matter what type of song it was, it was powerful and full of feeling. It was hard to take your eyes off of Rateliff as he sang with such conviction.
Rateliff didn’t talk much other than to thank the crowd but that kind of adds to his whole persona. He was personable but without saying much. He wasn’t afraid to dance around a bit and I spotted him doing the weird leg dance thing that Dave Matthew does when he plays live. You know what I’m talking about.. it’s kind of like a shuffle that you would do if you really had to pee but it’s amusing and cute and it fit with the music. He stomped around, he played the tambourine like it was no one’s business, he was doing anything except for standing still like I had half expected him to.
As soon as he started singing his radio hit, S.O.B., the crowd went wild. You can’t listen to this song and not sing along. It’s catchy, it’s poppy, it makes you feel good. It’s the kind of song where you would pay at $15 cover and put up with driving in the first snowfall of the season just to hear that one song live. Seeing and hearing that song live was exactly what I had wanted out of it. It sounded perfect with all of the band members singing. There was so much clapping and dancing coming from the crowd that it felt like one big hoedown. There was not a frown in the crowd, strangers were turning into dancing buddies and everybody was having a great time. After a terrible couple days at work, hearing and seeing that live was exactly what I needed.
Last night, Rateliff proved that he is more than his one radio single. I’ve known that for awhile, but after last night, I think many other people realized that.
Venue- Turf Club
Sausage Fest Meter- Even Split
Broken Bones/ Injuries- None
Average Age- 50– I saw everything from younger kids to older couples
Popular Fashion Trend of the Night- Dancing shoes (Get it? Because everyone was dancing!)
Crowd Surfers- None