Three Nights of Railroad Earth Jan. 18th - Jan. 20th
The Ogden Theater
Intro & Photos By J-man
Railroad Earth Live at Ogden Theater on January 18, 2013.
The weekend of January 18th welcomed a stop on the Railroad Earth tour that would spam three days and nights for three near sold out shows at The Ogden Theater in Denver, CO. Folks came from all over the country to celebrate with one of the scene's growing powerhouses. With tickets reaching nearly $50.00 after fees, the weekend would be a test for the dedication of the ever increasing fanbase. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to cover night one of the run. Our coverage begins on night two, with the energy and excitement building for the peak of the run!
Saturday January 19th, 2013:
Words By Brandon Picard
Railroad Earth Live at Ogden Theater on January 19, 2013.
Walking into the venue we were greeted with welcoming sounds of “Donkey for Sale” then straight into “Dance Around Molly,” a fiddle packed clap along tune that got the entire theater stomping and laughing together. The venue was packed! Folks quickly became very friendly with their neighbors dancing and rubbing elbows nearly every second. This is exactly what I had expected from Railroad Earth when I first saw them roughly five years ago. Having missed their September Red Rocks show, I was eagerly anticipating to see what they had been working on. As the first set progressed, I took a minute to look around the filled venue with pleasure, appreciating what was taking place. “Chains” followed and was sung by nearly every person in attendance. I got my first glimpse of the dobro, played to near perfection by Andy Goessling, who was changing instruments nearly every song. The backdrop portrayed an owl with massive wings. Changes in lights progressed with the music as the night went on. Heavy instrumentation was accompanied by a stimulating flashing white light, while the calm-paced more simple sounds came with a soft tone of reds and blues.
As the second set started the overly packed venue continued to fill with lingerers wandering in midway through “1759,” an upbeat, technical, time changing Irish jig. The emphatic lighting fell right back into place as the room filled with spurts of light from the entire spectrum. Tim Carbone continued to show his strengths on the violin as he tore through some psychedelic instrumentals. As songs passed quickly and time seemingly stood still, I began to take note of the formation the band continued to be in; the formation that I had seen them retain in many shows past. The spacing between the musicians of RRE is always consistent. I began to reflect on other bands, bluegrass or not, and the formations each demonstrate. It’s something I've actually never thought about. Most bands I have seen illustrate the same set up on stage show after show. The symmetry of Railroad Earth’s stage presence brings balance to an already visually stimulating experience. The sounds pass around from point to point on stage and eventually become clearly identifiable, even with your eyes closed.
Sunday January 20th, 2013:
Words By J-man
Railroad Earth Live at Ogden Theatre on January 20, 2013.
Setbreak triggered an influx of folks to the smoking area, which was not large enough to accommodate the demand. The extended break gave way to the second set which began with Andy Hall returning to the stage for "Just So You Know." "Drag Him Down" led the band through some high peaks with Tim Carbone's fiddle wizardry at the forefront and the crowd singing loudly with the band. The set slowed back down with "For Love." "Flower Between The Stones" kept it slow as I began to look around the room losing interest in the music. "Been Down The Road" drew me back in with familiar melodies and Todd's soaring vocals. "New Thing," a John Skehan III original, was featured for the first time to the delight on the Denver crowd. The song transitioned into "Warhead Boogie." As the song began to climb, I hoped that it would build as it worked towards the end of the set. "Warhead Boogie" dropped to a low point and transitioned into "Black Elk Speaks."
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