Photo review: Chris Tolan & Friends, Lauris Vidal, and Andy Zipf at Crowbar

An evening of something new (Chris Tolan), something borrowed (Mr. Vidal and Mr. Zipf) and something blue (stage lighting - though in truth it is sadly mainly pink) at the Crowbar on October 2 featuring Chris Tolan & Friends, Lauris Vidal, Andy Zipf (replacing Old North East) and Philip Pietri & the Manatees (running late so I missed out!).

Chris Tolan & Friends

Chris Tolan's new indie folk project includes friends Randy McMillan (Upright Bass), Tom Kersey (Cello), Leah Connolly (Flute & Vocals) and, in this performance, Joe Montanaro (Accordion) and Hunter Chase Oswald (Drums). The songs are textural and enticing with beautiful instrumentation in spite of what you could reasonable surmise from song titles such as acid rain. This was only the second show for Tolan's new project. It shows real promise and demonstrated progress since their first show a couple weeks ago. I am all ears awaiting new material!

Lauris Vidal

Neo-Folk singer songwriter Lauris Vidal has an anything goes attitude that frequently results in scenes like the one above where he is leaping off the stage to engage a mostly seated audience. His Evel Knievel antics work suprisingly well to engage the crowd and get heads bopping and toes tapping to the sweet sound of his southern rock.

Lauris Vidal frequently plays live with Dan Walters (Bass) and Billy Dean (Drums)

Andy Zipf

Hailing from the Washington DC area (NOVA to be more exact), Mr. Andy Zipf is a singer-songwriter bringing a bit of soul, a splash of rock and a lot of charisma to the stage. Zipf recently finished his new album, The Long Tail, which he recorded with James Barnber (Ryan Adams). Take a minute to check him out...

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