Laura Veirs @ Gramercy Theatre, 16 May 2007
Despite the rain, the crowd queued at the Gramercy Theatre on E. 23rd Street on Wednesday night to see Laura Veirs was long, if not slightly wet. After two openers-- Seattle shoegaze-esque band Lake (think Camera Obscura, but less polished) and one man funhouse Charles Bissell of The Wrens-- Laura took the stage around 10pm with her backing band, The Saltbreakers, which includes the opener of her past tour Karl Blau, along with drummer (and producers of all of Veirs' five recordings) Tucker Martine and pianist Steve Moore.
The room was full-- the standing room floor as well as the stadium style seats in the back-- and Veirs charmed everyone with her easy presence and very obvious comfort on stage. She played the entire Saltbreakers album (minus one track) as well as a few oldies but goodies from Year of Meteors. The show was full of friendly banter, some audience participation on "To The Country" in which the audience sang the lines "The heavenly stars, heavenly stars, heavenly stars" at Laura's urging, and on one of the encores (and one of my favourite tracks from Year of Meteors, "Rialto" where the crowd kept the tempo of the song by following a clapping pattern that Laura showed everyone.
Seeing her live is always an experience, and one that I can't wait to repeat.
The setlist is as follows:
Cast A Hook
Ocean Night Song
To The Country
Don't Lose Yourself