07/01 Bozeman, MT - The Filling Station
07/12 DANCE PARTY MADNESS
07/13 DANCE PARTY MADNESS
08/14 Seattle, WA - Two Union Square
08/15 Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo
Portland Cello Project
These guys are pretty fun, Portland Cello Project (PCP), the last few times I saw them, and they like to play heavy metal on cello. I guess their latest project is working on the "Beck's Song Reader". …
It's been five years since we last wrote about Laura Gibson, but I'm glad that she's back in our life. I saw her play at 7th Street Entry on Monday night, to a smattering of fans and families. …
Before I actually talk about PCP and Laura Gibson, I should give you a little background. On December 2012, Beck (yes, that "Loser", baby) wrote Song Reader, but he didn't actually want to go in the studio to record the album. So Song Reader became a 100-page book of sheet music and artwork. So PCP decided to record Song Reader, and thus, this recent tour, we got to hear those songs live with Laura Gibson singing all the lyrics.
How they programmed the show is to start with "Mission: Impossible" theme, then a classical rendition, and after that, they welcomed Laura Gibson on stage to sing "Rough on Rats", "Why Did You Make Me Care?", and "Title of This Song" (which got a laugh when Gibson was trying to introduce the confusing title). She would later return after the break to sing "Paper Tiger" (which is Beck's song from Sea Change), and "Last Night You Were a Dream".
Also worth noting is John Whaley on trumpet, which is his only appearance with PCP because of his location. I thought his contribution was welcomed, particularly on the "March of the Swiss Soldiers" (aka "Lone Ranger" theme song) because of the trumpet intro.
Some covers/standards were played*: Beck, Brubeck, and Bach (affectionately called "The three Bs"), Kanye West and Jay-Z (including "That's My B"), and their closing song, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep". They would later return for the encore to play Pantera and another classical.
Check out Portland Cello Project on this tour with Laura Gibson. This a-typical show does a good mix of featuring classical and modern pop songs. If you're a Beck fan, these shows should not be missed!
* NOTE: Not all their songs were standards; they mentioned that songs like "Robin Hood Changes His Oil" and "Denmark" were original compositions.
Portland Cello Project, featuring Laura Gibson, at the Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis (06/29/13)