Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Neko Case in Cincinnati

When: October 22, 2013
Where: Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH

The Show:

Neko Case is one of those artists who, for some reason, I kept missing live. I'd seen her perform with The New Pornographers when they visited Cincinnati in 2011, but kept getting hit by some poor luck whenever I made plans to her solo. The first was later in 2011, on her tour with My Morning Jacket. I misjudged the start time of the event and made it to the venue just as she was finishing her set. The second time, at 2012's Forecastle Festival, I had to leave to make it back for a softball game, which I couldn't even make it to due to an accident on the highway.

This time, I was determined to see her perform. I had my ticket ahead of time and made it to the venue with more than enough time to see her entire set. Case had just released her sixth album, The Worse Things Gets..., and I was already in love with the record.

As expected, the show was amazing. Case is a great songwriter and singer, but her talents show even more when performing live. The only thing I disliked in the show was the number of times that she stopped to chide an audience member for using their phone to take a picture or video.

The audience had been asked, nicely at first, by both Case and Kelly Hogan (a member of her touring band) to keep their phones put away during the show. It was obviously something that really bothered Case; at one point, she got into a pretty heated argument with one fan that held up the music enjoyment for about five minutes. It was frustrating, both towards Case and those that did have their phones out, but overall, I was happy with the show and excited that I finally got to see her live!

Since we were asked nicely not to take pictures, I have none of my own from the show. To see a collection of pics from an area photographer, click here!

Mini Setlist:

"This Tornado Loves You" (from Middle Cyclone)
"Maybe Sparrow" (from Fox Confessor Brings the Flood)
"Man" (from The Worse Things Get...)

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