Even though I spend most concerts just a few feet away from bands, I still get a little starstruck when near them off-stage. Ok…I do get starstruck. But for good reason, with Kathryn Calder (New Pornographers) coming through Cicero’s with Himalayan Bear providing the opening set and musical support.
Victoria, BC native, Ryan Beattie, goes by Himalayan Bear, but you might also know him as the guitarist for Frog Eyes. Before providing guitar support for Kathryn Calder, Beattie started the evening introducing us to his crooning tunes.
I’ve become a fan of Calder, after seeing the New Pornographers the last time they rolled through town and checking out both of her subsequent solo releases (especially the new Bright and Vivid). But where the New Pornographers have enjoyed increasing stage sizes and indie stardom, the night at Cicero’s was quite the reversal, with Calder playing the part of ordinary musician: loading gear, driving the van and regaling tour tales to the small, but certainly dedicated, crowd. Without the bright lights and big stage, the night was quietly focused on Calder, moving the set through bright pop (“Who Are You?”) and quiet sadness (“Arrow.”)
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