It was just the call I needed

So, my sister-in-law called me a few weeks ago with the news that a bunch of them were going to see Ray Lamontagne and that someone had backed out so they had an extra ticket.

We went Sunday night.  It was at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor.  I absolutely love his music, but rumor had it that while he was a very good live performance, he never spoke to the audience and was viewed overall as a boring, grumpy man with a killer voice.

The entire performance held true to the rumors.  He played song after song, only speaking once to say ‘thank you very much’ when he was finished, and at another point to introduce his band.

The entire time, two of the most yelled phrases from the audience included, ‘Talk to us, Ray!’ and ‘Ray, come to Rothbury!’

Then he came back out for an encore and after playing another song, he began to thank everyone again for buying tickets, which led into a slight discussion about the economy and how he knew what it felt like to be broke.

But then!  Then he said something along the lines of, ‘So, in the six years I’ve been doing this, I wanted you to know that I’ve never spoken more than two sentences to an audience.’ 

Then he talked some more, laughter ringing throughout the entire crowd.

It turned out to be an awesome night, and an awesome performance from a very talented artist.

We even went out for sushi before the concert.  Because, really, does it get any better than a night filled with sushi and Ray?


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Meg
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 09:19:50

    I love Ray. So glad you got to go to the show. And it would be awesome to see him at Rothbury! Also, glad you got some sushi, too. ‘Cause sushi + Ray = PERFECTION!


  2. emily
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 14:05:20

    That’s awesome! How cool that he chose to speak to you guys. And I love sushi!


  3. caprik
    Apr 22, 2009 @ 05:29:15

    Glad you had a fun night!
    I do not know this Ray man.


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