Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tedeschi Truck Band in Indianapolis

     Last night's Tedeschi Trucks Band show in Indianapolis blew me away - simply amazing! I don't really keep a list of Top Shows of All Time, but if I did, this show would be a front runner. I've seen Susan Tedeschi perform twice and had the pleasure of meeting her in Seattle after a show. Alone as an artist, she powers an auditorium with her soulful voice and blues guitar. Add in a heavy dose of her husband Derek Trucks' slide guitar and BAM, mind blowing, awe-inspiring talent melds. 
     Tedeschi and Trucks have a band, hence the name Tedeschi Trucks Band. Each musician brought wildly entertaining talent to the stage--three horn section, double drum set, bass/banjo, keyboards (with a side of flute,) and two back up vocals (including Derek Trucks Band lead singer Mike Mattinson.)--making for an 11-piece band of powerful, collaborative talent. The shared admiration and respect between each artist was evident and contributed significantly to my enjoyment. They all seemed to be enjoying themselves, too. And I dig that. 
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Indianapolis 5.30.12
     A highlight for me was the cover of Bobby Bland's "That Did It," with a shout to Indianapolis's treasured blues bar, The Slippery Noodle Inn. Tedeschi unleashed the depths and power of her vocals, holding her own as 6-string blues guitarist all along the way. She belted and wailed, effortlessly. The percussion jam in one of the later tunes elicited crowd-pleasing hoots and hollers. Every element of the show captured my attention.
Moon Taxi - Indianapolis 5.30.12
     Moon Taxi stood strong as an opening act, and I can't wait to see them again at Bonnaroo next week!

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  1. Thanks for sharing. Possibly the first meaningful paragraphs I ever typed and submitted was a concert review. Music floods the passage from heart to head. Good live music gets my soul on-board for the ride. I love feeling the descriptions of where the music took you. There’s nothing like it. The warm tingling roar of romance will rival it at times. The chest-jetting glory of jingling pockets or professional acclaim also make that podium. But it’s music that takes us higher and brings us home. Even among the arts, it’s our paper that covers the rock of else. We live in bombastic times. Tunes give air-cover for hope and bring canaries out of coal mines. Good songs center us by turning happy into sane and finding grace from self. Our lives need soundtracks with melodies to cut through life’s load, put the hair-fire out, and spark us to sing without fear. At our beginning and in the end, music is freedom. So keep writing about loving music. Cause today it set me free.

    “We busted out of class had to get away from those fools
    We learned more from a three-minute record than we ever learned in school”
    ~~Bruce Springsteen, NO SURRENDER

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. And so beautifully to boot. Your comment captures the physical reaction music elicits from my soul. I suspect I know you, Anonymous. Your comments are always welcome here.

    2. Thank you Meghan. You are kind with your words. You suspect correctly as I read and type innocuously from our post ship-wreck collective familiar. It's good to be.

  2. That show was possibly the best show I've seen in years. They delivered like they did when I saw them last summer in Detroit. The interaction of all on stage was inspiring. In a time where popular muisc is all digitally mastered, this was pure genius! Susan just may have the best voice in music. How she gets that much soul out of her little body is a wonder to me.

    Thanks for writing and have fun at Bonnaroo.

    1. Thank you for reading and for taking time to comment. Crazy good show! I can't even believe I am going to Bonnaroo. Going to be an adventure for sure. Be well.