Amos Lee at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Thursday, August 7, 2014

“There’s a sunrise out there calling my name
I can see her moving, I can see her moving

Well at a certain time of night, now
I’ll become one with the wind
Where there isn’t a beginning
And there is no end

Oh when everything is flowing
Everything is on time
And I know we’re all going
To the end of the line

Well I’m out here on my night train
Drinking coffee, taking cocaine
I’m out here on a night train
Trying to get us safely home.”

“Night Train” by Amos Lee from Supply and Demand, 2006

There aren’t many evenings I get to hear one of my favorite singer-songwriters in one of the most beautiful (alright, maybe it is the most beautiful) venue in Orange County. Last night Amos Lee played for a full crowd at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

A little bit dirty country, a little bit swing and a little bit crooner, Lee put on one of the best mid-sized venue shows I’ve ever seen. The SCFTA is built almost like a modern opera house with nearly every row in the balconies being a front row seat. A mighty organ faces the audience up high, while the musicians perform down below. A big part of me can’t wait to see another show or performance here this fall.

Of course Lee played all of our favorites including “Arms of a Woman,” “Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight,” and “Windows Rolled Down.” His six piece band was amazing and near the end he brought 4 more musicians who were part of the opening act (also equally amazing in their own right). Ten surely equals an ensemble.

The concert ended with a three song encore, half because I believe they were having so much fun and half because the crowd nearly demanded it.

Go now. Go see something there. Maybe your favorite singer-songwriter or maybe something else. But just go. You won't be disappointed.

Details: For the fall schedule for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, click here. For Amos Lee’s tour schedule click here and to follow him on Songkick click here.

Local Tip: There are many nearby restaurants at which you can have dinner before your show and then walk over to the theater. We ended up at The Silver Trumpet at the Wyndham, valeted our car and then walked over to the concert. Michael at the Silver Trumpet bar makes the best drinks. Just saying. Skip the dining room there and just enjoy the indoor/outdoor bar area for appetizers. 

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