On January 16th, The Urban Lounge hosted a pretty solid line up and, if it were to sum up the Salt Lake music scene in one show, this might be it. Starting with the Folk stylings of Bird in the Tree, then psychedelic blues band Crook and the Bluff. After that, Jack White rock of The Weekenders and finally, Your Meteor.
Unfortunately I missed the opener Bird in the Tree but having seen them before, I know they put on a solid but relaxed show. They've been slowly working their way up for a good year now and starting to show up on bills all around town.
Crook and the Bluff, once a 2 piece, blew me away with a grittier and sexier sound than I had heard previously. The addition of the drummer adds so much and to be honest, was one of the best performances of a solid back beat I have seen in awhile. No annoying stick flips and hard hitting destructive fills here. Just fat, punishing drums backing up nasty guitar solos.
The Weekenders took the stage next and although they don't frequent the stage often, they are all clearly musicians with years of experience behind them and put on some great toe tapping blues rock. Jack White all the way, but I didn't mind.
Finally, Your Meteor got up and didn't miss a beat. In between being handed different guitars left and right, switching vocalists, and great keyboard and drums, they played perfectly. Their tunes are hard to nail live, and some of the chords they were playing on guitar were definitely not bar chords. But it was all on point. Of course, I can't expect much less from some of Salt Lakes most seasoned musicians. They, like The Weekenders, have also been a little quiet at times in their 4 or so year history and I hope they don't keep quiet for much longer.