The headliner of the show last night was Matthew Logan Vasquez, singer of Delta Spirit. I have to be honest, I had no clue who Delta Spirit was walking into the show last night. Walking out of the show, Delta Spirit was all that I wanted to listen to.
Matthew had a way of making you feel comfortable. He was nothing short of a giant goofball on stage and that really added to the reasons why I completely fell in love with his music last night. He wasn’t afraid to make a complete fool of himself or the crowd. When he first took the stage, he spent a good couple of minutes just making weird noises into the microphone and waiting for the crowd to reciprocate. As the crowd would make weird noises back, he just got louder and the noises got a bit more out there. This, along with many of the other things he did, may not sound that exciting when written down, but if you were there, you would get it. It made everyone in the room instantly comfortable and that made the show a million times more enjoyable (at least for someone who had no idea what the music was going to be like).
As mentioned, Matthew is the lead singer for the indie rock group Delta Spirit. These guys apparently have a huge following as far as I could tell by the multiple Delta Spirit T-shirts in the crowd. At first I was a little surprised but as soon as he started singing, I understood. Matthew has a very distinctive voice but his music does not have a distinctive style and that made me falling head over heels for this guy. His voice was smooth and had a lot of emotion behind it but at the same time, it felt like good, old fashioned rock n roll.
Matthew played a couple Delta Spirit songs and a couple solo songs. He played a couple with the band and a couple by himself. Regardless of how slow or quiet the song was, there was more than enough energy to keep me interested in what was going on. Apparently, there were a couple people who just couldn’t pay attention and were immediately called out by Matthew. There was a gathering of girls who were standing by the stage and talking constantly. Before playing another solo song, Matthew nicely pointed the girls towards the exit sign so they would stop annoying him and the crowd. He sweetly serenaded the group as they walked towards the red exit sign and left the venue altogether.
Some of his songs were super upbeat and had a very prominent rockabilly feel to them. Matthew explained that the first concert he ever went to was The Old 97’s opening up for Reverend Horton Heat. It was a life changing experience for him and that was made clear in the influence it had on his music and writing style. Each song had a story behind it and that just added to the comfortability you felt at this show. With the way he told each story, you almost felt as if you were just sitting around with a good friend shooting the shit only that good friend happened to have an amazing voice and great songwriting abilities.
Opening the show was Reverend Baron who was also on stage with Matthew as a bassist. For the opening set, it was just Reverend Baron (born Danny Garcia), a microphone, and his guitar. His voice was sweet and soft just like the music he was singing. At first, I was a bit frustrated because I wanted something upbeat but a few songs in and Danny had me completely hooked.
I have been stressing about apartment hunting (screw trying to find an affordable place on your own in the Twin Cities). I was frustrated, crabby and stressed but Reverend Baron was able to make me forget all about that. I stopped refreshing my e-mail waiting for replies from apartments and got lost in the stories he was telling through his lyrics. Each song had a story behind it and each story was full of heart much like the voice singing it. Although it was much calmer than the music that was to come, it was just as beautiful as Matthew Logan Vazquez’s music and ended up being a perfect opener.
I should be ashamed of myself. How have I never heard of Delta Spirit or Matthew? I was blown away by the talent I saw last night and am so happy to be back at it after a week off of shows.
Venue: 7th Street Entry
Sausage Fest Meter- 2 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 27
Crowd Surfers- None
Stage Divers- None
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Celebrity Sightings- None
Overall Score- 6 out of 10
Show on Deck- Jakubi/ Aidan Knight/ Cyn/ Walker Lukens