Over the years, singer-songwriter Tom Russell has mastered the art of the musical narrative. Engaging an audience with wit and wisdom come seemingly naturally to this California-born, consummate storyteller. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he writes great songs too.
After Welsh songstress, Cate Le Bon's, ethereal opening set of songs, the crowd slowly set in on the stage, waiting anxiously. The crowd had a crush on Annie Clark, like anybody does who's ever heard her, seen her perform.
Leagues opened the night with an ebullient blend of Phoenix-meets-Maroon-5 with a sunny, yet love-wan disposition. The crowd, full of high schoolers, collegiates and older couples, welcomed the band with cheers and dancing.
The pre-show rock tunes were pulsing from the ceiling speakers. The sparse crowd sat mingling among the booths at the Firebird and barely noticed as Mauro Remiddi, the lone member of opening act Porcelain Raft, meandered to his microphone.