courtesy of setlist.fmTour Dates
07/14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
07/15 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
07/17 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
07/18 - Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
07/19 - Vancouver, BC @ River Rock Casino
07/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American
07/23 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
07/25 - 26 - Camden NJ @ WXPN
07/27 - Edmonton, AB @ Interstellar Rodeo
07/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
07/31 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
08/01 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
08/02 - Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl
08/04 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
08/05 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
08/06 - Santa Fe, NM @ Sol Santa Fe
08/30 - Highmount, NY/Brooklyn @Belleayre
09/05 - Richmond, VA @ Fall Line Fest
09/06-09/07 - Boston Calling Festival
Opening for them was Cheap Girls from Lansing, Michigan. For this review I was fortunate enough to sit next to the mother of The Hold Steady guitarist/vocalist Tad Kubler, Kathleen Watson. During the concert, she told me a story about how the band used to travel from gig to gig in an old, white van in the early days. She and the other parents served as rest stops as The Hold Steady would crisscross the Midwest.
If you haven’t listened to The Hold Steady before, I can only say that their sound is a mixture of their adopted East Coast Rock built on a foundation of tongue-in-cheek, Midwest friendliness. Finn is in constant dialogue with the crowd. Pretty much all their songs are a narrative of some sort and after a funny lyric is sung, Finn would step away from the mic and lip and gesture feelings of bemusement and confusion.
Finn also constantly remarked on his love for Minnesota. Their 5th song was dedicated to their first show they ever did at the Triple Rock over 10 years ago. Later he asked the crowd if they saw the Twins game earlier. Finn commented on the game by saying that the Twins “didn’t just beat them, they outclassed them!” The crowd became more swept up in Finn’s energy and enthusiasm at that point and many other points along the way. At the end of the 9th song Finn also pointed out that his high school math teacher was in the crowd.
The Hold Steady
If you want to feel happy and nothing seems to work, I advise going to a The Hold Steady concert. This band is all about the people in the stands.
The Hold Steady at the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley (05 July 2014)