John and I usually have pretty bad luck when it comes to venue security for sporting events or concerts however after tonight I don’t feel so targeted. Walking into The Centre for Matthew Good‘s Vancouver stop on the Nothing to Hide Tour I spotted his sister-in-law, Chloe, along with her children and Matt’s parents. We chatted briefly then headed into the show, wondering how “tight” security would be as we all had digital cameras. Once we got upstairs she caught up with us and said the guard was poking through Mrs. Good’s hand bag asking if she had any food and giving her a bit of a hard time. Chloe simple said to him, “you DO know this is his mom?” and they were allowed to pass without further inspection.
The opening act was not Tegan and Sara but two girls in a band called Dala. The highlight of their set was them asking the crowd if BC has a provincial song and several audience members chanted back, “Go Canucks Go!”
Matt’s all acoustic performance was melodic, soulful, powerful and rocked all those in attendance. There was so much sound even when the audience was so quiet you could hear the zoom lens on the digital camera next to you.
Songs ranged from Last of the Ghetto Astronauts’ Symbolistic White Walls, to Hospital Music‘s True Love Will Find You in the End. He played at least one song from each album (except Audio of Being… but comment if I’m wrong). The banter and audience interaction between each set of songs was clever and genuine. I can particularly appreciate the hyper-local references. At one point Matt said something about “The C.O.Q” in reference to Coquitlam, then someone mentioned Surrey, there were more comments involving a beaver, then a voice pipes up “PoCo is kinda nice”. I thought to myself “and Maple Ridge shaping up to be lovely bedroom community“.
Another conversation with the audience was about venue, someone shouted “play Whalley”. This lead Matt on a nice little narrative about performing at Whalley’s Little League Field, walking over to the Gold n’ Guns on King George, going to the Cold Beer n’ Wine then taking the Skytrain into Vancouver, hanging out downtown and ending the night at the Roxy. I think he almost described my 17th birthday party to a tee (just kidding, Mom!) Alas, Gold n’ Guns has been replaced by a noodle house.
The show was what we expected of Matt and more. He had been rehearsing a broader scope of his catalog and it was evident tonight with him pulling out acoustic versions of Load Me Up and Pledge of Allegiance. He even threw in a cover of a Simon and Garfunkle tune, just for his dad. Rod joined him on stage for I’m a Window as well, which was super fantastic.
The review I heard from the out of town crew (Dan from Toronto and Jennie from Pittsburgh) was that it was the best show they’ve ever seen – the next cities on the tour are in for a treat. Unfortunately Duane had the flu and was unable to make it to the show, sorry buddy, but we chatted with Keira for a bit. John and I had a great night though, we hung out with some cool people (like Dan and his wife with whom we had dinner, along with the rest of the ‘Vegas Show’ crew), met some new nice folks (like Joanne who reads this blog) and enjoyed the amazing performance.