I’ve been to City Winery for parties and happy hour events, but never for a show. The venue had a romantic and dark ambiance. Sitting at a table crammed with strangers was a departure from the typical concert hall with stage and bar in the back. There was a tone of seriousness and maturity from the shot glass sized candle holders that sad “respect the performers and keep your voices down” that lined each table.
The Show opened with Barnaby Saints. A slim kid with curly hair and skinny jeans walked on stage. He would fit in perfectly walking down the street in the LES. All he had was a guitar and that was all he needed. When he started playing I was instantly blown away. This guy had some powerful pipes. His and enchanting soulful acoustic stylings made you stand up and take note.
After a brief intermission, Red Wanting Blue took the stage to an enthusiastic and devoted crowd. Every time I have seen this band I have had a great time and Monday night was no exception. The Ohio, quintet brought their A-game that night. Red Wanting Blue is incredible live. They played a majority of songs off their last two albums: From the Vanishing Point and These Magnificent Miles along with a few from Pride: The Cold Lover. Scott Terry is a passionate and lovable front man who performs with poise, humor, and enthusiasm. Throughout the show, Terry made amusing comments saying that he felt like a deer in headlights or should be making a speech. Their rock powerhouse is further complemented by his moving vocals.
They ended the show with the crowd favorite “Your Alibi.” While, I enjoyed the quiet, intimate atmosphere of this venue, it may better suited for an artist that is on the mellower side. Red Wanting Blue rocked the winery harder than it was suited.