Jam veterans Widespread Panic returned to St. Louis on Tuesday night for the first of two shows at Peabody Opera House as part of its fall tour. As a diehard fan of the band for nearly 25 years, I was of course excited to spend some time with them once again in my home city at such an intimate venue.
"I'm just a weird guy trying to make everybody happy," Ryan Adams proclaimed halfway through his set on Sunday night. A crowd had gathered near the front of the Peabody Opera House stage, and those trying to see the show from their seats seemed visibly (and in one case, physically) disgruntled. After some pushes and grumbles from the crowd, Adams stepped in.
Prior to Tori Amos taking the Peabody stage, husband and wife folk singers Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou turned in a vocally-impressive acoustic set. Trevor and Hannah Lou aren't your typical male/female folk-singing duo. What caught my attention right away was Trevor Moss' full voice high tenor/alto singing. There wasn’t a bit of falsetto in a single note that came out of his mouth, and he was often singing melodies above Hannah Lou's rich alto.
I went to "Blue Man Group" at the Peabody last night and my eyes, my ears, my intelligence, my taste and my patience were all violently assaulted. This sort of production is aimed at audiences who won't be satisfied unless they're left staggering out the doors, reeling from sensory overload.