Days of the New / Nov 8 2008, Granada Theater, Lawrence KS

Wayne & I were blithely going about our Saturday afternoon routine. We stopped by the post office to check our POBox, then decided we'd head down to Jason't Deli for some lunch. We usually cruise down Mass St to see what's up, and check out the marquee on the Granada Theater just for the heck of it. To our shock and amazement, the marquee read "Nov 8 - DAYS OF THE NEW". We both read it out loud at the same time, and were simply stunned. We hadn't known anything about it!!! We cruised back around the block, parked, and walked into the theater where a guy hanging out at the bar confirm it was "THE" Days of the New with Travis Meeks.

Just like that, our entire rest of the day had changed. We hit the ATM on the way back from the deli. Wayne drove down and bought tix at 7pm while I primped and got ready for the show. We arrived at the theater just after 8pm. The two opening bands were interesting and very loud. Not bad for bands we never heard of.

Promptly at 11pm, Travis and his ensemble began their performance, and it totally knocked our socks off!!! Travis played 5 different acoustic guitars. To put it mildly, he is an incredible explosion of musical force. His mastery of the guitar, and vocal essence simply blast you right into his universe. His drummer had the most beautiful drum kit I've ever seen, and his talent level matched Travis'. They were very locked-in to one another. Another acoustical guitar player complimented Travis' playing. The bass player played an upright contra-bass, and a cello player anchored the ensemble. All members provided backup vocals, which were complex and superb.  The entire ensemble of musicians were intensely focused & driven, providing an exhiliration of sound which was wildly riveting.  I danced my ass off.

For 2+ hours, we inhabited Travis Meeks' universe, and it was quite an experience, that we won't soon forget.
Thu 11/13/2008 4:16 PM