Working through a bout of allergy / sinus issues most of the day, I was on the fence about venturing into clubland to see Bob Schneider and opening act Aslyn. An invite from Aslyn’s publicist made the choice a lot easier – you don’t take comp tix for granted.
Unfortunately, the age-old issue of nailing the opener’s set time (is it so much to ask to simply state actual start times on your websites, club owners?) and unexpected traffic into Hollywood conspired to have me miss most of Aslyn’s set.
What I saw was her last song, and it was impressive. She hit me as the type of singer-songwriter that cuts straight through to the obvious and uncomfortable, which I like. I’m eager to get the CD and see what I missed.
As for Bob Schneider, I caught an acoustic set when he was in town opening for the BoDeans at the House of Blues in July. After playing the heck out of his latest CD, “I’m Good Now,” which I think is one of the best rock releases of the year, I was quite disappointed by the rushed, low-key acoustic set he delivered that night.
Saturday night (12/4) at the Roxy was a whole different universe. With his full band, a crowd packed in to see him and in great voice, Schneider turned in a full-throttle rock and roll show, doing justice to the great material on “I’m Good Now.”
I’m not doing a formal review of the show, since I’m so unfamiliar with Schneider’s pre-“I’m Good Now” catalog, which made up a significant part of the setlist. In other words, I’ve got some catching up to do, and next time he rolls through town with band in tow, I’ll be there.
And I’d recommend checking him out on this run, if he’s headed through your neck of the woods. Regardless of whether you know much about his songs, you’ll have a much better idea when you walk out the door. It’ll be a loud, profane, loony and satisfying night of discovering a solid songwriter and performer somewhere near the top of his game (and making a point to have a darn good time being wherever he is).