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Patty Griffin at the Kimmel
  by: JoeS - Springfield, PA
started: 06/07/13 4:14 pm | updated: 06/07/13 4:14 pm
The June 6th Patty Griffin concert at the Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall was in one word perfect! There are times when a spectacular venue like Verizon Hall can overwhelm the performance, this was definitely not one of those times. The show started with a young man form Texas named Max Gomez. He started right in singing, no introduction. A man yelled form the audience, “who are you”. He meekly answered I'm Max. He disarmed the guy and immediately formed a bond with the audience. He performed seven songs from his debut album Rule the World. He is an accomplished picker and a fine singer. I really enjoyed ,”Run From You”,”Never Say Never” and “What it Means. He was well received, in awe of the hall and very thankful for Patty having him open for her.

Talking to other fans before the show was a cheer leading session for the show. This was an audience any performer would love to have. A passionate, informed and loyal group, many who had come form long distances to see her. She came on stage right at eight and got right at it. She opened with “Go Where You Wanna Go”, from American Kid. She performed ten songs from American Kid with a few from Downtown Church, 1000 Kisses ,Child Running Through, and Flaming Red. Her solo efforts were emotional and compelling, just her guitar and that great voice. That was especially apparent on “Wild Old Dog”. She told the audience about riding down the highway seeing this alone and frightened stray and the song just came to her. She told a few jokes about her dogs. It was clear the dogs rule. She talked about the influence her father had on her life and the album, American Kid . Of all the songs on the album the one that was a direct quote form her father was “Don't Let Me Die in Florida”. It got a laugh!

The band consisted of four performers including Patty. A simple and effective way to showcase her talent and that spectacular voice. Her chemistry with the lead guitar player, Doug Lancio, was obvious. They played off of each other and appeared to be having a great time. The group had a great time and smiled while they played “Get Ready Marie”. I thought it was interesting that Craig Ross who co-produced American Kid was the bass player. I believe he is usually a lead . I think it demonstrates Patty's place in the business.

The set list consisted of:
“Go Were You Wanna Go”
“Don't Let Me Die In Florida:
“Wild Old Dog”
“Amazing Grace”
“Stay On The Ride”
“Irish Boy”
“The Strange Man”
“Gonna Miss You When You're Gone”
“Flaming Red”
“That Kind Of Lonely”
“Get Ready Marie”
“Carry Me”
“Faithful Son”
“Long Ride Home”
“Heavenly Days”
There was one encore and they returned and played “Coming Home To Me”. Another great night of music in Philly. I was really impressed with Verizon Hall and Patty, love to do both again soon! Joe

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