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Seattle was simply awesome :)

Over The Rhine put on an astounding show. Karin's voice live sounds exactly like she does on CD. The opener, Kim Taylor, was really really good too. She accompanied the band on stage for most of the main show too, on backing vocals and guitar. Kim was a perfect complement vocally for Karin. I bought her CD, its a lot sleepier than her stage show, but it is beautiful. She also has an EP out, I should have bought that too.

We stayed towards the back of the venue during the show, its such a small place that it didn't really matter. And it was so incredibly hot in there that I needed a patch of bar to lean up against. During the break Mike and Josh started talking to a young lady named Rachel while I was buying the CDs (I also picked up Drunkards Prayer, finally). Apparently she is Karin's second cousin. :) However we didn't stick around afterward to meet the band. I would have liked to, but it really was insanely hot inside and we had been walking around being tourists all day; staying longer might have been the death of us.

So after nearly passing out at OtR, the element of the Tori show I was most looking forward to was the seating :)

Benaroya Hall has some of the most perfect acoustics I've ever encountered, and there isn't a bad seat in the house. We were on the aisle, right side of the center section, 23 rows back, which for my purposes was just about perfect. Great view, even when people chose to stand. The show itself wasn't the best Tori concert I've ever been to, but it had enough amazing highlights to keep me happy. Yes, Anastasia and Cool On Your Island prime among them. I had heard both of them live once before, but not like I did on Friday. Anastasia was flawless, and COYI was slow and gorgeous. It thrilled me that she played the full versions of both of them too, sometimes she drops parts of those two. "Tori's Piano Bar" was more than satisfying. Heart and Billy Idol, very cool. Twas good to hear Blood Roses, I'm really digging this years version. Ribbons Undone made me a little teary...for the first several minutes, after it went on about twice as long as it should have I got a little fidgety. I really wanted to hear some stuff from Venus and Choirgirl solo, but maybe she'll do that on the summer tour. The only thing I would have left out of the show was Jamaica Inn, it bordered on awful. Tori looked GORGEOUS too, hair, face, dress, all fabulous. :)

Tourist-y schtuff: Pike's Place (including some really spicy and lovely Turkish food and the first Starbucks! :p), the Science Fiction Museum (nifty!) and the Seattle Aquarium (highlight: baby sea otter!)

Oh, and IKEA. I <3 IKEA.
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From:rishydishy
Date:April 25th, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Yay! Yours is the first concert review I've read. I'm saving myself for summer. Glad you had a good time!
<3
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From:kozmic_blues
Date:April 27th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
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I'm honored to be the first :p
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From:chaoticgoddess
Date:April 25th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
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You got blood roses! Lucky. ;) I was happy I got Bells for her though.

Glad you guys had a good time!
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From:kozmic_blues
Date:April 27th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, I'd be happy with Bells too... yum.
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From:dove95
Date:April 25th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Awesome! Do you have any pics?

Also, if Jay and I decided that Seattle was our next spot to visit next year, would you and Josh be willing to come out again?
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From:kozmic_blues
Date:April 27th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
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We would indeed. :)

I took a few pics, but on our main sightseeing day I forgot the camera in the hotel room. I'll probably post some of what I did snap soon.
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From:bear11
Date:April 25th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Yay! Karin is yummy! And I should have picked up Kim's cd too. I thought she was great and meshed well too. So glad you enjoyed it. And Drunkard's Prayer! just yum. :)

Glad you had a good trip! I would have creamed a bit over Anastasia myself. *ahem*

*hugs you*
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From:kozmic_blues
Date:April 27th, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC)
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You want me to send you a copy of Kim's CD??? :)

*hugs you back*
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From:biglovescott
Date:April 25th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to Seattle next Friday and then driving my way down to Portland for work. I hope to see more of Seattle and be in less of a daze this time. The first and only time I've been to Seattle was with my 1st BF and we had just broken up, we were going for a "Let's end this on a good note!" trip. I'm so looking forward to this.

HOWEVER, I'll be spending most of my time doing Cinematour research and then working. But when I come back to Portland in the summer you, me and Josh should go grab some food and beverage... ya know, if yer bored enough.

EEEEEEEE --- Seattle excitement builds!
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From:kozmic_blues
Date:April 27th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
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Food and beverage! Yes, we must. Let me know!
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From:piano_girl76
Date:April 26th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
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ooo Jared i'm glad you had an amazing show!!! I would have loved her to play blood roses in Chicago. We had a good show though so I can't complain!!

Dawn
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From:kozmic_blues
Date:April 27th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
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*hugs you* :)

I'm so glad to see you around sis :)
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