The audience was surprisingly younger, about college age, a contrast to Gomez's parental audience. What this generally mean is that it gets rowdier and people tend to drink and act rude and don't mind pushing/crushing you. I couldn't really brave the front and eventually left and watch the rest of the show at a safe distance.
Citizen Cope's been steadily gaining fans since signing with DreamWorks Records, a division of the movie company of the same name. So it's no surprise that you'll find much of Cope's music on television and commercials. From a quick scan, I noticed his music's been used in quite a few HBO shows, so even if you haven't heard of Citizen Cope, you're likely have heard his music.
■ Citizen Cope at the Varsity Theater, Minneapolis 3-7-10
He started his set with "Comin' Back", followed by "Let The Drummer Kick". I don't have the setlist (I don't think they actually had any on stage). The rest was a blur, but I do recall hearing "Hurricane Waters" with its catchy line, "I will carry you through the hurricane waters, and I'll remember you in the blue skies". Also, the clear favorite of the setlist was "Son's Gonna Rise", off of The Clarence Greenwood Recordings.
He also did "Healing Hands", from the new The Rainwater LP (released March 3rd via Rainwater Recordings), which actually sounds a bit reggae towards the end of the song. The song is available as a free download off his website.
The Rainwater LP is out now, as part of Amazon's $5 MP3 album promotion, and be sure to check out the rest of Citizen Cope's tour.
* Doubly impressive is that Cope is carrying the shows by himself, no opening band for support.