Friday, June 19, 2009

Oneside @ Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle

I didn't plan on writing about their show last night at Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle, but while watching their performance, that concept suddenly changed. Despite minor sound issues, Oneside had played a good opening set - playing songs off First to Last and some covers. But their second set was fantastic. They opened with John Prine's Paradise and after some more covers and a new song in G, they cranked into a cover of a cover. I've seen the Gourds play a dozen times live, but never heard a live version of their interpretation of Snoop Dogg's Gin & Juice. Until this evening. And Oneside had their own orchestration to the Gourd's classic cover. The audience loved it - particularly those who knew the history. And it was a special request. Who knew. See the grainy video below to see for yourself - yea, it was recorded with a cell phone video - the last time I'll be unprepared.

Oneside is really developing into a tight and fun band to watch. Their stage presence is becoming more entertaining as they interact more with the audience with some nice self-deprecating humor. They are no longer completely depend on Ned to engage the audience; everyone jumped in last night. Then there's the lineup. Where else can you hear strong percussion, electric guitar, electric bass, and an electric banjo. It was also nice to see Chris and Ned swap instruments; Chris is one talented individual. For those in the D.C. area, the band will be at McGinty’s Public House in Silver Spring on Saturday night, then back to the area in mid July. See you then.

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