November 6, 2010

Dex after midnight

Had a very cool time last night/this morning in Baltimore.  Drove up to see the Dex Romweber Duo at Area 405 (the video above is from a 2009 show, not last night/morning), which is an art gallery/space/whatever set in a block of otherwise entirely empty buildings in one of the seediest neighborhoods in town. The show was organized (I use that word quite loosely) as a "festival" with 6-8 bands. I should have grabbed a poster as I left for informational purposes, as I'd never heard of any of the others playing. It was way under-promoted--  I'd found out about it through the DRD site, there was no mention of it on the Area 405 website, and I spoke to another person there who said they'd only heard about it that day. Dex's tour manager had told me they'd be going on around 10:30, then that changed to 11:30, and then when I got there, things had been delayed to the extent that no one knew when Dex and Sara would be on. At the most crowded point, there were probably 100 or so people hanging around in the two rooms set up for the alternating acts. Could have been more, but I've never been good at estimating crowds.

By the time DRD was finally on at 2:00am (!), there were two, maybe three, dozen of us die-hards still around, including the bartenders and other staff. The folks who had left just have no clue at all of what they missed. Dex and Sara were at the same time more polished and yet more raw than any other band there that night. How that man gets the sounds he does out of a guitar and amp that look like they're about to fall apart is beyond me. No pedals, no gizmos, nothing but fingers and strings. And Sara is just spot-on. I love to watch her, she's not a powerhouse drummer like, say, Poni from The Ettes, she's much more subtle.  And, like Dex, she has the ability to create a surprising variety of sound out of the most minimal of kits.  The most unusual, and charming, thing that happened was when Sara took a break and Dex played a few solo numbers. At one point, can't recall which song it preceded, he commented on the size of the crowd, then hopped down off the stage and ran around giving us hugs. Obviously done in a joking manner, but still very endearing

He's an interesting guy, Dex. I was watching him during the earlier acts-- In his black pants, white shirt and black jacket, wandering around or sitting off by himself, he was just on another plane from the rest of the blue-jeans/flannel/leather crowd there. In his own world, almost. At one point when the line-up was getting all jumbled up, he was pacing around with his guitar strapped on, watching the band that was on while his fingers just sort of mindlessly worked the frets. It amazes me that he's not a star, and yet doesn't surprise me at all. I'm just damned glad I found out about him.


the gardeners cottage said...

wow, what a perfect night/morning. you are prob asleep right now dreaming about it. thanks for sharing - you are one of the lucky ones!


ps ~ 1 more day! i'm doing yoga to jimmy the exploder. i'm not too excited at all.

KaliDurga said...

Actually, I was out in the woods today. And, jeez, of all songs to do yoga to, that's probably one of the last ones I'd think of! ;)

Are you down to counting the hours yet, oh Miss Luckiest of All?

the gardeners cottage said...

yes, i am now down to the hours. i'm calling it about 22 hours at this point b/c we don't know what time jack will actually be on the show. they say we will be there 3 hours for the filming. i promise to email you tomorrow night w/details. omGoodness.


Angelina S. said...

Thanks so much for posting this video of grey skies! It's one of my favorites.

Thanks also for the great review! I can't wait to see Dex and Sara again. Maybe I'll get a hug too! hehe

KaliDurga said...

It was hard to decide what video to include to give folks an idea of what Dex is all about. But Grey Skies is definitely one of my favorites, too, so I went with that.

The hugging was so totally unexpected, I'd been warned that Dex gets cranky when they play too late. I just hope he enjoyed it as much as we did ;)