Marissa Nadler and Sharon Van Etten

September 9th, 2010 · 7 Comments · By

I should start by noting that tonight’s Black Keys show at The Pavilion has been postponed to Tuesday. So, if you’re suddenly looking for something to do tonight, there’s a truly great show going down at the Tea Bazaar.

The procession of exciting Tea House shows marches on with a decidedly more understated tone this evening, featuring two very notable up-and-coming songwriters. This is one of those situations where the more I try to explain the artists in question, the more I just get in the way, so I’ll just try to point you to some original sources.

Starting at the end, Sharon Van Etten closes out the night. She’s appeared quite suddenly, and just about everywhere you look. Here’s a radio segment with Sharon from NPR’s World Cafe in Philadelphia (great station, by the way). And here’s a super nice video segment via La Blogoteque:

Co-headliner Marissa Nadler is equally wonderful, writing haunting, gorgeous hymns. Here’s some more video via the always excellent Ray Concepcion:

And opening the show are are a really great sounding trio out of Michigan, Breathe Owl Breathe. Here’s a neat video for their song ‘Own Stunts’ that makes me freezing cold just watching it:

This one is $10 and starts at 9PM.

There’s also a couple late night options tonight. Colin and Robin will be throwing another of their Grits-N-Gravy Soul-N-Funk parties at The Box tonight. Free, 10PM. Dance out those Black Keys blues, folks.

And C-ville garage-rock duo Red Rattles are on late down at The Southern. Is that a free show? I dunno!

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John // Sep 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Do not miss Sharon and Marissa people. They are both amazing. Sharon’s new stuff is particularly stellar.

  • 2 Andy // Sep 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Black Keys after-party with Red Rattles moved to next Tuesday after the rescheduled Black Keys show – free show.

    Super bummed to be missing Sharon Van Etten, she is super awesome.

  • 3 Graham // Sep 10, 2010 at 10:47 am

    This show was incredible. Breathe Owl Breathe and Sharon Van Etten in particular. I spent most of Marissa’s (snoozer) set catching up with an old friend on the back patio.

  • 4 Jacob // Sep 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Indeed, woooonderful show last night. I loved every set so much. I’m sure I’ve never heard a crowd clap as long at a Tea House show as they did for (opener!) Breathe Owl Breathe. Apparently Michigan produces the most adorable people on Earth. I mean, you grow up in a fucking mitten, go figure.

    I was astounded though, that people were apparently more interested in drinking and talking than listening to Marissa Nadler’s excellent set. It really bummed me out, and I think Marissa’s feelings were really hurt, too.

    This is something that’s bothered me for a long time before tonight. How can a room full of people be so oblivious to someone on stage near them playing quiet, delicate tunes? Sure, you’re conversation may not be all that loud, but combined with 10 others it’s a maddening chatter. At least just step outside?

    Ugh, I hate to complain when at the same time I’m so grateful to people for coming out to shows at all. But that was really disappointing to me.

  • 5 James // Sep 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    yeah, i was also really surprised how many people weren’t into it. to my ears Marissa Nadler was the best set of the evening!

  • 6 Davis // Sep 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Not that this excuses that kind of thing, but I bet Marissa has this problem once every 4-5 shows, as playing quiet music in bars/restaurants just doesn’t go well that often. It’s a bummer, and an eternal issue. Audiences feel really entitled when they are in an “establishment”. And if they have spent even $3-5 they feel extremely entitled, though many audiences are of course full of wonderful and respectful people.

    Grand Banks played for about 2 hours at the Tea House one time, one of our all time quietest and most restrained sets, and a dude came up to us in mid-performance (which is kind of a bummer when you are doing improv and are fully engaged and locked into it) and asked us to turn down. And then waited for a response. While we were still playing up a (quiet) storm. We were even playing pretty shit. So it goes.

  • 7 baconfat // Sep 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I wish I could remember seeing that show, Davis, but had I been there, I probably would’ve recommended you clocking the guy over the head with your bass. Then violating him with it. It’s the only proper response in that situation.

    I wasn’t at the SVE/MN show on Thursday (had a date with Tortoise in RVA that night), but hearing that the crowd was disrespectful is very disheartening. Get your shit together, people – this is supposed to be the #6 college town in the country!