03/01 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
03/02 - Nashville, TN @ Station Inn
03/03 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
03/04 - Fredericksburg, VA @ Fredericksburg Fest
03/05 - Vienna, VA @ Jammin' Java
03/07 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
03/08 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
03/09 - New York, NY @ Rockwood Music
03/10 - New York, NY @ Rockwood Music *
03/17 - Cambridge, MA @ Sanders Theatre*
03/18 - Brownfield, ME @ Stone Mountain*
03/19 - Burlington, VT @ First Unitarian Church*
03/22 - Fairfield, CT @ Stage One*
03/23 - Turners Falls, MA @ Shea Theatre*
03/23 – 03/26 - Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival*
03/24 - Albany, NY @ Massry Center for the Arts*
03/25 - Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester *
03/27 - Lexington, KY @ Wood Songs Old Time*
03/28 - Cincinnati, OH @ The Ballroom at
04/06 - Savannah, GA @ Charles H. Morris Ctr
04/13 - Waimea, HI @ Kahilu Theatre
04/14 - Kahului, HI @ Maui Arts & Cultural Ctr
04/15 - Honolulu, HI @ Hawaii Theatre
04/18 - Seattle, WA @Neptune Theatre
04/19 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
04/21 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Kuumbwa Jazz Ctr
04/22 - Berkeley, CA @ Freight & Salvage
04/23 - Davis, CA @ Jackson Hall
04/25 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Campbell Hall
04/26 - Malibu, CA @ Smothers Theatre
04/27 - La Jolla, CA @ Ballroom, Price Center
*w/ Aoife O’Donovan
The Hopkins Center typically hosts plays, so its clienteles are some of the most respectful and friendliest people around. You can hear a pin drop when Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge took the sparse stage.
The two started playing two instrumental songs from their latest Mount Royal to a very attentive crowd. Eldridge then announced that they were two guitarists, and that they would be playing nothing but “guitars songs”. If you didn’t like guitar music... then you were at the wrong show, Eldridge joked.
While the majority of their set were instrumentals, they did throw in a couple of traditional cover songs (with Eldridge taking over the vocal duties), such as Norman Blake’s ‘Ginseng Sullivan’.
You can tell by the way the two interacted that they were close friends, spending so much time on the roads. “Jules” and “Critters” also hinted that they’ve been in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & St Paul) quite a bit in 2016.
Based on the comfortable seats, the highly respectful audience, and the wonderful social hour, seeing a concert at the Hopkins Center is one of the best experience we’ve had in a long time. Imagine that, the audience watching and listening to the band! Just wonderful.
Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge’s Mount Royal is available now.
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge at Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins (25 Feb 2017)