Monday, January 16, 2012

Vintage Trouble : Libby Sokolowski

Vintage Trouble at the Troubador -
My First VT Show by Libby Sokolowski
January 6 2012 West Hollywood, CA-
Wow!!!  I had an absolutely fantastic time at my first Vintage Trouble show at the Troubador last week.  My next show with them simply cannot come soon enough.  Seriously.  This is a greatly gifted, supremely soulful, make-you-wanna-put-your-damn-cameras-down-and-shake-whatever-you've-got-to-shake, incredible band.  This is a guaranteed good time.  How often can one say that anymore?  I would challenge any one of my friends to experience just a few of their songs and not feel compelled to break into a big smile.

This is my recommendation to you:  1.  Watch some videos  2.  Get yourself in the loop and follow their schedule.  If there is a show within a few hours drive, do not miss it.  3.  While you wait, buy and enjoy their CD.

This is raw energy served up with refined skill and brotherly love.  It was equal parts spiritual, fun, sweet and sublime.  From the moment they took the stage, until the moment they left it, the audience was completely involved, entranced and eating out of the palms of their very capable hands. They worked us.  They entertained us.  They moved us.  They owned us.

I would like to thank Ty Taylor, Nalle Colt, Richard Danielson, and Rick Barrio Dill for providing me, and the rest of the sold out crowd with such a fantastic gift of a night.  :)  In a world which is too often abundantly overflowing with the mundane and insincere, finding this much pure spirit flowing so effortlessly out of these four men thrilled me to no end.

This is what live music should be all about.  We should expect it to transform us and make us better.  In this case, I am so delighted to report that it did just that for me.

I must also take a moment to say how impressed I was with all of the fans I met.  Without exception, they bubbled over with genuine affection and enthusiasm for this band, and they welcomed me into the fold with warmth and love.

I left feeling as if I had just become part of a new family.  I had eagerly anticipated this show for a few months, and thought I knew what to expect, but every expectation I had was far exceeded.  Their music is still bouncing off my heart, and around my head.  I am happy to say that I think I have just scratched the surface of what is still to come for me with this band, as I continue to absorb and experience them more fully.  I am entirely willing.

Note-I stood next to Libby at The Troubadour, and after she posted this I immediately copied it and re-posted here.

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