Last night I attended a Pat Green concert down at Abe and Jake’s (Lawrence, Kansas). Now, you don’t live in a fraternity called “FarmHouse” without being at least minimally exposed to Pat Green, but I really wasn’t too familiar with his music beyond a couple of songs. I plan to get more familiar with it after last night.
Pat Green puts on a heckuva show. Wow. I can see why one of my Texan friends told me that Green’s like a god down in Texas. It was a high-energy, high-quality, filled-with-great-music show. Since I’ve yet to get fully acquainted with Green’s music, I’ll leave my musical commentary to the observation that it was a very polished set.
His band’s stage demeanor was high-intensity. They seemed to enjoy every minute of the show, and Green’s crowd repartee was fun. At one point, he took a new straw Stetson from an audience member and asked, “Did you buy this today? ‘Yee-haw, I’d better get me a hat–I’m goin’ to the country music show?’” Green proceded to “shape” the hat by, among other things, throwing it to the ground and stomping on it. When he was finished, the hat was much more, errr, authentic.
A band called The Lost Trailers opened for Green. They were musically solid and tended more to the rock side of country-rock than Green. My only real complaint was that they employed a lot of expletives in their songs. Past a certain (very limited) point, use of expletives is merely a way of covering either inability or laziness prohibiting strong lyric composition.
The venue is a fabulous place to see a concert. Abe and Jake’s is very spacious and resembles an Old West town, with great sight lines to the stage from almost everywhere in the building. Although I’ve never before attended a concert there, I plan on attending more very soon.
When not drinking beer while listening to bands singing about drinking beer, Bobby Allison-Gallimore allegedly attends law school and maintains his own website, The Rattler.