"We've got two more songs for you," sheepishly shrugs Meredith Bragg through the spotlight at the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage. Someone in the front row asks, "Only 2 more?" and he answers, "Well, we've got a show next week at the Black Cat and you can see more there." Then from the piano/organ bench Brian Minter quips, "It's a much nicer place. They don't let just anyone off the street come in there. Much less riff raff."
The Millenium Stage is regal with its ushers and playbills and grand presence. Tonight was my first time experiencing both the venue and the artist, although their reputations preceded them. Meredith Bragg's voice has an uncanny resemblance to Ben Gibbard's. His sense of melody and the arrangements (particularly Alexia Kauffman's cello) are sweet. It was my kind of rock show - in what other scenario are you done with the rock n roll at 7pm? I get to go to bed at a reasonable hour tonight!
Meredith and his Terminals will be playing with FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy's brother (The Mendoza Line) this Friday at NYC's Knitting Factory.
He'll be back down here for the aforementioned Black Cat show next Tuesday, December 6.