4/19/11 Robert Plant and Band of Joy - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

For me, Tuesday night was a very special show. I brought my wife and my two brothers, one of whom was visiting from Taiwan. I had seen several of the Page/Plant shows back in 95-98, but none of them had ever seen any portion of the Zeppelin quartet.

I've been listening to the new album quite a bit lately and like it a lot. I have a ton of respect for artists who have had ridiculously successful careers in bands and have continued to evolve in the art. My two most recent Schnitz concerts featured the best two examples of this: Robert Plant and David Byrne.

We really enjoyed the new takes on the Zeppelin songs. A deep, slow, and soulful "Black Dog," an out-of-left-field "Black Country Woman," and a rockin' "Ramble On" were our highlights for the old classics. As for the Band of Joy songs, "Angel Dance" and "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down" were particularly well-played. I also enjoyed being exposed to Darrell Scott who has a tremendous voice. And of course, Patty Griffin is completely captivating with her gorgeous voice. The a capella "And We Bid You Goodnight" was a graceful and beautiful way to cap off the show.

I would agree that the sound quality was not at all what I've come to expect from the Schnitz. Also in the lower balcony, the sound was often so loud that we couldn't make out the different notes. The most pleasant parts of the show were easily the quieter, acoustic moments. The final song of the encore, "And We Bid You Goodnight" was beautifully done in that space. I hope that the Band of Joy sound crew and the Schnitz keep the sound issues in mind in the future.

Thu 4/21/2011 3:50 PM