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I had wanted to mention Dar Williams in early December, because of her winter tour dates (plus, on her latest album, Promised Land, she has a Christmas-type song called "Holly Tree") - but you know how it is with the busy holidays and unexpected laziness. The good thing about active musicians is that they are always on tour...
The Gutherie Theater, in Minneapolis, started its original building near the Walker Art Center, but it was apparent that by 2000 that its "boxing style" seating was too restrictive, in terms of the kind of show they can do. For instance, they really couldn't do a "small" show, otherwise the 1,000+ empty seats would look too embarrassing. With the new Gutherie building, designed by Jean Nouvel, it contain three stages: the papa bear Wurtele Thrust (1,100 seats), the mama bear McGuire Proscenium (700 seats), and the baby bear Dowling Studio (199 seats).
Since this was the first time I've been to the Dowling, I was surprised how small the room was, which is great to see really intimate shows.
Dar Williams started right away by announcing that she felt the second night was much better since she got hairspray. Her stories usually revolves around her songs that she played. Stories range from shaving her armpits to "High Times" owner to her architect husband in New York.
As for the music, they were mostly from her greatest hits compilation, Many Great Companions, including "If I Wrote You" and "Summerday" (which at this song, her keyboardist Bryn Roberts left the stage). Williams continues on for a few more songs until her intermission.
The second part of the show went off strong with my favorite track, "It's Alright", followed by "The Beauty Of The Rain". As for the encore, it was "When I Was a Boy".
PS, since Dar Williams tells so many great stories, I reckon it was 50% music, 49% talking and 1% laughter, I do have a personal story to tell: Dave and I went to this show, and we got in just minutes before the 7:30pm because of a mixup before the show. Anyway, we just pick a spot on stage left, and the next thing we knew but who were sitting in front of us: Dave's brother and his wife. It was too unreal, it's one of best show all year because of this.
♥ Dar Williams at Dowling Studio, Minneapolis (10/30/10)