• My weekend with Okkervil River and Damien Jurado - Part 2

    27 Sep 2007, 17:44 by Rockstar_Aimz

    Sat 22 Sep – Okkervil River, Damien Jurado, joel elliot

    Saturday, Sept. 22
    Okkervil River
    with Damien Jurado
    and Joel Elliot, local from Hamilton (who I missed – footnote 1)
    Pepper Jack Cafe

    Half way through his opening solo acoustic set, Damien Jurado told a hysterical story about a philosophical discussion with his young son Miles, which went something like this:

    Dad, why do you play such sad songs?
    I don't know. That's just what I do.
    And people pay to see you play?
    Yeah, that's how daddy makes his living.
    So, you make them sad?
    Yeah, I guess.
    Dad, you are ripping them off!

    I got to the Pepper Jack Cafe a bit late and missed the first part of Jurado's set (footnote 1), but as soon as I walked in the door it was obvious that this night was going to be exactly the opposite as Jurado's performance on Friday night in Toronto. First, the venue was tiny. Tiny to the point that I said, “whoa” out loud when I entered. The capacity was about 150-200 people, and it was not sold out.
  • My weekend with Okkervil River and Damien Jurado - Part 1

    24 Sep 2007, 02:42 by Rockstar_Aimz

    Fri 21 Sep – Okkervil River, Damien Jurado

    Friday, September 21
    Okkervil River
    with Damien Jurado
    Lee's Palace

    First, I would like to acknowledge Okkervil River for pulling me out of my The Hold Steady obsession that lasted roughly from December 06 to mid-August 07 when I heard then on KEXP while sitting at my desk at work and said, “whoa, what is this?" Love at first listen. And how often is it that your obsession du jour is playing two shows in your area, and these shows happen to fall on a weekend? The last time I remotely came close to this was last October when the Drive-By Truckers played back-to-back shows in Toronto and Hamilton, but these shows occurred on weeknights and I completely missed the first gig in Hamilton.

    Show numero uno was in Toronto on Friday, September 21, at Lee’s Palace – a venue with a capacity of about 600 people. Unfortunately for the sold-out crowd, Toronto had one of its fall heat/humidity spells that day and the Lee’s Palace…