I attended my second etown taping on Friday night, again at the Boulder Theater. I know the last time I attended one of these tapings I said that I might not ever go again, but I’ve decided that if I enjoy both performing artists enough that it is then worth it. This new criteria was met Friday evening as both Ray LaMontagne and Ingrid Michaelson were scheduled to perform.
Going into my second taping, I knew exactly what to expect and wouldn’t be disappointed when only hearing seven or eight songs from each of the performers. And unlike the last time, I actually enjoyed the interviews this time. Both performers are hilarious in their own unique way. First, LaMontagne is a very quite and reserved speaker, which is completely opposite of him as a vocalist. Even though it was tough to hear what he was saying at times, he had plenty of jokes and humor to throw into the mix. My favorite was when the host said that Ray’s next album would be out in a week. He replied, “no its not,” not realizing that the show is not live and when it gets played on the radio it will be one week before the album drops. He went on to crack a series of jokes about pretending the album was coming out soon and being on a make believe interview.
Michaelson is equally a talented musician, but is quite a goof as evident in some of her lyrics. While not performing, she would entertain the crowd with little jokes and stories that had everyone in the room laughing, especially one gentleman in the opposite corner, with a deep and loud laugh. Throughout the night, her one liners had the host (and crowd) enjoying every minute of her stage time.
Overall, the taping was a success in my mind and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Knowing what I was getting into, and not having my expectations too high, made it easy to have a good time. I think I’ll attend any of these in the future that have two performers that I’d like to see. It worked this time.