TODAY

Saturday, September 20

Gapers Block
Search

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr


Transmission
« Contest: The Bears of Blue River Album Art Design Preview: Outliers, Volume I: Iceland & Exclusive Song from A Lull »

Concert Sat Jun 02 2012

Review/Photos Patrick Watson @ Lincoln Hall 6/1/12

Gapers Patrick Watson top.jpg

There's something so refreshing, nay more like wholly life affirming to be in the presence of a truly talented individual that is completely lacking in any artifice. Patrick Watson is one such individual and his songs seem to arise straight from his heart out of his throat with a spontaneity that defies any idea of it being rehearsed but with such a smooth perfection that you know between all of his tour stops it of course had to have been practiced. Still, it's really the idea that each time Watson plays one of his songs, he's able to bring something new to it and the lyrics and composition that he's created is still so meaningful and genuine that everything just feels right.

Gapers Patrick 211.jpg

Gapers Patick Watson 11.jpg

Watson played for at least 75 minutes including an encore that included mainly older songs such as "Beijing" "Luscious Life" and "The Great Escape." In his main set, Watson sang mainly new songs from his fourth release, Adventures in Your Own Backyard except for "Big Bird in a Small Cage." At one point, Watson also sang in the middle of the crowd on a platform stool and was quite joyous with the audience.

Gapers 10.jpg

Gapers Patrick Watson 9.jpg

Those that know Watson's albums are perhaps already familiar with his abilities with song composition. The lush textured arrangements never disappoint on his recordings or live. This tour, Watson has four bandmates to help him with all of the nuances and journeys the songs like to take, including a drummer, bassist, guitarist, and violinist, making the stage necessarily crowded.

Gapers Patrick Watson 8.jpg

Gapers Patrick Watson 7.jpg

As always, it was great to watch Watson playing the piano..his skill is immediately obvious both in terms of his technical abilities and the feelings he brings to each piece, another clue of his gorgeous grace and genuineness. This alone would be impressive but Watson's voice and vocal range in particular is just as awe inspiring, conjuring up comparisons to Jeff Buckley's easily.

Gapers Patrick Watson 3.jpg

Gapers Patrick Watson 2.jpg

As with his previous show in Chicago, there was some interesting banter coming from Watson intermittently throughout the set between songs. Watson told the audience about how much he supported the protests occurring in his home of Montréal, Canada (the band was proudly displaying red squares to symbolize their support) and thanking fans who had driven five and six hours to hear Watson play. As before when Watson played Schubas Tavern, he brought a certain humility alongside his songwriting talents that made him even more endearing. Of course, the most clear sign that the audience loved him dearly was how willing we all were to sing along with him during the main parts that the compositions allowed. But of course we would all love to sing along to the sound of the bird that mourns.

Gapers Patrick Watson 1.jpg

 

Add a Comment




Please enter the letter s in the field below:



Live Comment Preview


Notes & Tags

Items marked with a * are required fields. Please respect each other. We reserve the right to delete any comments borne out of douchebaggery or that deal in asshattery.

Permitted tags and how to use them:

To link: <a href="http://blahblahblah.com">Link text</a>
To italicize: <em>Your text</em>
To bold: <strong>Your text</strong>

Classical Thu Sep 04 2014

Pulling Strings: For classical music in Chicago, you got a guy - September 2014

By Elliot Mandel

It's gonna be a great season.

Read this feature »

Blogroll

  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
BackStage
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
ChicagoMusic.org
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
CHIRP
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
Daytrotter
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Do312
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
Gridface
The Hood Internet
Innerview
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pitchfork
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Songs:Illinois
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock

  Venues:

Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
B.L.U.E.S
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Constellation
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
FitzGerald's
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Martyrs'
Mayne Stage
Metro
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Rosa's
Schubas
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Smartbar
Subterranean
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Township
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Atavistic
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Hozac
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records


Events

Sat Sep 20 2014
Elbo Room 25th Anniversary

Sat Sep 20 2014
312 Urban Block Party

Sat Sep 20 2014
World Music Festival

Sat Sep 20 2014
City Made Festival

Sun Sep 21 2014
World Music Festival

Sun Sep 21 2014
AAHH! Fest @ Union Park

Tue Sep 23 2014
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist @ HOB

Tue Sep 23 2014
White Mystery @ MCA

Tue Sep 23 2014
David Bowie Is @ MCA

Thu Sep 25 2014
Cold Waves III Kickoff Party @ Cobra Lounge

Thu Sep 25 2014
The Doubleclicks & The Nerdalogues @ Public House Theatre

Fri Sep 26 2014
Sebadoh @ Lincoln Hall

Fri Sep 26 2014
Cold Waves III @ Metro

Featured Series














 

Transmission on Flickr

Join the Transmission Flickr Pool.


About Transmission

Transmission is the music section of Gapers Block. It aims to highlight Chicago music in its many varied forms, as well as cover touring acts performing in the city. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Anne Holub, anne@gapersblock.com
Transmission staff inbox: transmission@gapersblock.com

Archives

 

Transmission Flickr Pool
 Subscribe in a reader.

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15