1. Apparently Ritter knows just how special "The Temptation of Adam" is. When it came time to play it, he turned down all the lights. All of them. It was like we were down in that bunker too.
1a. The Belcourt is an excellent place for a show like this—one that benefits from an attentive crowd—and the sound was superior.
2. Opener Ingrid Michaelson proved that it is possible to win over a Nashville crowd. Her wisecracking and wonderful rangy voice—put to especially good use on a showstopping cover of Radiohead's "Creep"—earned her a standing ovation at the end of her set.
3. People looked like other people. Play the look-alike game after the jump.
Michaelson was a dead ringer for American's Next Top Model Cycle 7 twins Amanda and Michelle—well, a normal person-sized version of them, with glasses.
One of the twins:
Josh Ritter performed most of his set—the full band parts anyway—with a goofy grin on his face. It was great to see the guy having fun, but it did detract a bit from the emotional gravity of some of his more heartbreaking numbers. So, the smile, combined with the laughfro he's sporting these days, set my mind arunning.
+ goofy grin =
American Bang's Ben Brown (also a serious grinner)
meets The Privates' Dave Paulson (also has that boyish charm)
meets workout guru and life-enthusiast Richard Simmons
Ritter plays again tonight at The Belcourt. I highly recommend it.