Saturday June 4th, The State Room with Dan Fletcher and Vincent Draper.
Anybody who knows anything about the Salt Lake Music scene has seen Vincent Draper’s dapper mug around for a while (just look at the face). Whether it was playing drums for Charles Ellsworth, his own solo projects, or recently playing drums for Dan Fletcher. This time around, Vincent has been able to add “headlining the State Room” to his ever impressive resume with this huge album release show.
The album, Ruiner, I won’t get into in this review, but it’s worth checking out.
Up First was Americana newcomer Dan Fletcher. I get the impression from what he says that he was a hardcore kid, growing up in mosh pits all over the west coast and that this is a new venture for him. His solo set was great though. The stories he told were engaging and really kept me listening. I have seen the band live before, and he stands well in both situations but almost better solo. I am excited to see what he will be doing in the next year as he seems to be picking up steam quickly. If you haven’t already, stream his album Brooklyn Romantically on Spotify. Definitely a well thought out and made record.
Vincent Draper was the next and last performer and was joined by 9 others. Banjo, lead guitar, vocals, fiddle, accordion (affectionately referred to as the “squeeze Box”), bass, drums, piano, cello, and a backup vocalist. I have honestly never understand the whole large band appeal. Perhaps that because I hadn’t seen one live. Well I popped that cherry and don’t regret it at all. Everyone played their parts flawlessly (to my knowledge at least), the sounds was perfect, and the songs were amazing. Songs like 1920’s eyes got the crowd moving like an old rodeo, and Lunatic was just depressing. I mean so sad. It was awesome. In between was the banter fitting of a slightly intoxicated man flirting with a girl. But at the end of the night, I’d let him take me home. It was one of the most enjoyable shows I have been to in a long time. I mean it. Everyone on stage was having a great time and with the venues sound so good, the stories were conveyed beautifully. While Vincent Draper doesn’t usually play with a 9 others, I’d say check him out.
I just have to say, in the last few months I have made a point of attending at least one show a week that I am not performing in. I don’t always get time to review them but I truly believe there are some amazing musicians in the Salt Lake area. I used to think that Provo had the sweet spot when it came to solid bands but Salt Lake has it too. Every weekend there are great bands playing all around town. If you do a little research, I truly believe you can have a great time.