Firehouse, Sept. 7, 2000
Last night, Culture and David Kirton played nice sets before an extremely small crowd at the Firehouse. Only 2 weeks earlier, Buju Banton played to an overflow crowd at the same venue (300 people or so). That was the 1st time they announced the Culture show.
Well, I walk into the club last night at 10 p.m. and there's basically NO ONE there. Seriously, there were probably 25 people at that point. It was a total joke. I talked to Joseph Hill later and he said it was no problem (probably 75 people were there later), but I still thought it was an embarrasment. Anyway...
David Kirton started and played a nice 30 minute set, ending with a scorching version of "Cool Breezin." He also covered some Marley tunes ("Exodus" and "Lively Up Yourself"). He's got good stage presence and got the dance floor as filled as it possibly could. Joseph Hill's son was doing the sound and had it WAY too loud. Piercing treble, etc. I told him and he said he brought it down a little but not much.
Same sound problems plagued Culture's set. I guess if the place was packed, the bodies would have soaked up some of the sound, but he was just intent on blasting us all out. Regardless, Culture was still excellent.
Mojo Nya (sp?) was the backing band and they were tight. The lead guitarist was hilarious as he looked like he was having a great time. Started off with "Love Shines Brighter" and Joseph Hill sounded great. He has one of the genre's coolest voices and still sounds fantastic.
They played many songs I didn't think they would play. Culture has such an outstanding # of tunes to choose from. And with the small turnout it was like an intimate evening, with much room to do some serious skankin.
"Disobedient Children," that was a killer. Also did "Trust Me," "Outcast," Two Sevens Clash," and a wicked encore of "I'm Not Ashamed." That is one of the greatest songs ever! "Payday," "Addis Ababa:" those are 2 more that stood out.
Mr. Hill looked dapper in a blue suit. Still in great shape (how old is he? 50?). He was fantastic. During "Outcast," when he sings "They didn't want Christopher Columbus in Italy..." it just hit me what an incredible message he has. He means everything he sings about. And I was wondering if people even listen to him. During some of his between song talks I could hear people talking. I guess some people don't care about the message...
Added another background singer since last time I saw them. Still has Albert Walker but now there's a new guy. Sounded good, too.
Good time, small crowd but hey, Cards are in 1st and the Rams look tough!
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