Last night we went to Red Bicycle Hall in Madison to see John Moreland. Not the best experience. The sound mix for John Moreland never seemed right: too loud, even roaring sometimes. Unpleasant listening. And I suspect it actually was the mix because Moreland’s music is usually pretty chill. Also, several people were acting like idiots, talking loudly, moving around. Even the staff was being distracting! It felt more like “a bar that happened to have live music” than an actual concert.
HOWEVER, the opening act Derek Spencer was amazing! Two standout songs: “The Witches of Appalachia” and “Gone to Hell”. It was worth all the annoyance at the sound and the crowd to discover this guy. I will definitely be following his work.