Tuesday, November 18, 2003 @ 4:23 PM
Days of the New Live at Jarrod
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REVIEW BY: Dakotarock
Ok, so I was traveling on business anyway, but once I realized that
Travis Meeks was playing nearby I had to check it out. I ordered a ticket online from Jarrod's Place in Attleboro, Mass. Once I arrived in the area and got the work out of the way, I headed to the venue. It was Tuesday night the 4th of November, and DOTN were supposed to start about 11PM. Although I drove around for about twenty minutes in the cold rain trying to find this place, I eventually did and went in.
This club in a basement setup was nearly completely dark and sprawled out into an L shape. Overall, not a bad layout, but really quite small. I soon began to think that I was in the wrong place because there was no way that an amazing artist like Travis was going to play in a place like this. Adding to this thinking was the reality that there were certainly less than three hundred people there. I double-checked with the staff and they reassured me that Travis would be there.
Sure enough, at about 11:10, the man who has produce three incredible albums and who also masterfully covered “L.A. Woman” and “The End” by the Doors, stepped casually out of a side door, walked through the small crowd and proceeded to hang out beside the stage. After about ten minutes of this, he casually stepped on stage with one other performer on drums (I don't remember his name). The mostly acoustic set lasted an hour and a half then began.
Travis amazed everyone there with how strong his voice was as well as with his guitar abilities. The small group's variations of all DOTN material was brilliant. From popular crowd favorites like the “Downtown” and “Touch, Peel and Stand,” to new material (one song possibly called "Where Lies the Truth?"), to several other deep album cuts that I am sure that many in the crowd had never heard before, the two-man act blew me away. It was easy to get close to the stage (you could have walked onto it if you wanted to) because most of the people were going back and forth to the bar with equal parts of the crowd being split between the show and the rest of the club. That surprised me, like DOTN were some local band that was there every week or something.
At any rate, Travis announced three songs to go and then he was going to hangout in the crowd for a while. Three songs later, he walked off the stage and into the club area. He appeared to almost not realize how popular he is. All in all, incredible show and can't wait for the fourth album to come out. If you have the opportunity to catch one of these club shows, I highly recommend it.