BEST PERFORMANCE IN THE RAIN

Kimya Dawson, March 22, Cuban Club Patio

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You’d think a lone performer with nothing but a busted-up acoustic guitar and a clutch of “message” songs wouldn’t stand a chance in front of a teen-intensive crowd squeezed together in the rain. Especially when a sizable chunk of that audience wasn’t necessarily waiting for 30-something folkie and married mother Kimya Dawson but instead was huddled near the front of the stage for indie act of the moment Band of Horses. But Dawson, an obscure singer-songwriter who gained semi-stardom via the soundtrack for Juno, won over the kids. Her witty songs about suburban ennui, politics and self-image issues — delivered in an endearing, talky vocal style — were humorous and touching. The rain lasted the entire hour-long set but the vast majority of the crowd didn’t mind getting soggy to enjoy a compelling one-woman performance. “She’s like Dylan for these kids,” one attendee commented. For a complete review of the show, see the March 23 post at tampacalling.com

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