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    Start Making SenseOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    June 28 2015

    Boston Harbor boat cruise  Boston, MA

     

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    With every gig that a band hosts, they are looking to make it special, whether it’s a holiday, CD release, anniversary of the band or an album- or the location where it happens.  Such is the case with boat cruises-  why is taking a show and putting it on a boat so much fun?  I have no idea, but it is, and whether it’s the Jam Cruise, the annual Adam Ezra boat cruise, Rocks Off cruises in NYC, or the Sixth Man cruises on the Caribbean, a boat cruise is a super fun time and a great way to see the band.  So it was with great excitement that I went to the annual Start Making Sense boat cruise in Boston this past Sunday.

    Readers of the site know that I’m a big fan of this band and we’ve reviewed them here before.  This day there were several new elements-  Julie Slick holding down the bass, and it was the first time I saw her.  She is currently the usual bass player for Adrian Belew, so I knew she was no slouch.  Instead of the normal lead guitar player Jon Fadem we had Brian Davis was holding it down.  And singer Kathy Weber was set up to sing alongside the band, which I’ve known to always be a great addition to the band.

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    The band fired up with Psycho Killer, a sign that they were raring to go.  Jon Braun, rhythm guitarist and singer, has refined his vocal style so much that all of the little things about David Bryne’s vocals are in there-  the squeeks, the pops, the quirky whines and evocative style- are continually being refined and it’s a wonder to behold, truly.  The band was as tight as always, and they fired through two sets of amazing material.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    At one point during the set, former bass player Nick joined the fray and came up and jammed for a while.  I noticed Doug Hawk walking around the boat, who is sometimes the keys man for Start Making Sense and is always in their other band, HmfO- a tribute to Hall and Oates.  Because of some minor rain, there were some no shows from this sold out cruise, so there was a little more room than you could expect typically from a sold out show, which was great for us.  Dancing was easy directly in front of the band, and after the initial rush at the bar upon boarding, it was easy to get a drink throughout the cruise.  

    The band played all the material you could possibly want from the Talking Heads as well as a ton of deeper cut material.  Burning Down the House, Nothing But Flowers, and the set closer Born Cross Eyed were all amazing, and every time I see the band I have an absolute blast.  Caution, combining a boat, Start Making Sense, and the city of Boston can often lead to intoxication.

    It was a great afternoon to spend soaking up the sites of Boston harbor, and soaking in the sounds of the Talking Heads with the best band doing it right now, Start Making Sense.

     

     

    UPCOMING SHOWS WITH START MAKING SENSE

    DATE

    VENUE

    CITY

    ST

    07  01   Wed

    Town of Babylon Summer concert series

    Babylon

    NY

    07  02   Thu

    Massanutten Resort SPCA Fundraiser

    McGaheysville

    VA

    07  10   Fri

    39 North

    Atlantic City

    NJ

    07  11   Sat

    39 North

    Atlantic City

    NJ

    07  16   Thu

    Monona Terrace

    Madison

    WI

    07  17   Fri

    Shank Hall

    Milwaukee

    WI

    07  18   Sat

    Sheffield Garden Walk

    Chicago

    IL

    07  24   Fri

    The Waterhole

    Saranac Lake

    NY

    07  25   Sat

    Summer Arts Series

    Wanakena

    NY

    08  11   Tue

    Musikfest

    Bethlehem

    PA

    08  14   Fri

    Bearsville Theater

    Woodstock

    NY

    08  21   Fri

    Flux on the Mountain

    Thompkinsville

    PA

    08  22   Sat

    Electric Love Fest

    Lake George

    NY

    08  28   Fri

    Fairport Music & Food Festival

    Fairport

    NY

    08  29   Sat

    Ocean Mist

    S Kingston

    RI

    09  03   Thu

    Cervante’s

    Denver

    CO

    09  04   Fri

    The Aggie Theater

    Ft Collins

    CO

    09  05   Sat

    Agave

    Avon

    CO

    09  11   Fri

    2720 Cherokee

    St Louis

    MO

    09  12   Sat

    Shocktop Oyster Festival

    Chicago

    IL

    09  18   Fri

    Higher Ground

    S Burlington

    VT

    09  19   Sat

    Higher Ground

    S Burlington

    VT

    10  01   Thu

    Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival

    Live Oak

    FL

    10  02   Fri

    Terra Fermata

    Stuart

    FL

    10  31   Sat

    Ardmore Music Hall

    Ardmore

    PA

    11  05   Thu

    Buffalo Iron Works

    Buffalo

    NY

     

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