Riverview Function Centre, Footscray
30 January 2010
I braved the heat on Sunday to see Steve Poltz play again.
He is too awesome to forfeit because of the weather. Fortunately the show was close to where I live, but unfortunately there was very limited parking near the venue and I had to walk a little way in the boiling temperature. By the time I got inside I was exhausted! Fortunately Riverview had airconditioning (worked better when the temperature outside reduced) and free lime juice cordial for me to cool down.
The Riverview Function Centre overlooks nice scenery. You can see the Maribyrnong River, the city skyline and Footscray Park. Very pretty.
To the left of Riverview, the Big Day Out was on. At times I could hear the dull thump of the music over the gig I was at. I described it as a kind of a mass cross pollination of music genres. I’m guessing Rammstein, Sia, Tool and Iggy Pop could be faintly heard over Poltz and his support acts.
First up at Riverview was Bec Hannan and Scott Sanders.
This was the first time they played together. They were nice – her voice quite folky, and his deep like Ben Folds or Tim Freedman. Her lyrics were inspired by nature, and his were funny, rather literal. He sang a funny song called Frocks and Cocaine, about what might have been at the Melbourne Cup (the Flemington Racecourse just over the way). I like them a lot. Bec said she’d read my previous review of Steve Poltz. Actually a few of the audience members last night had read it!
Next was Jessica Paige with Joshua Romig and Shane Reilly.
Jessica sang most of the songs and Joshua sang one. I loved his voice. Jessica was a bit jazzy – a really beautiful and unique sound. She spoke to me after the show and thanked me for watching. A really nice girl. Shane played a string instrument with such precision – it was lovely. (I don’t know the name of the instrument pictured, so would appreciate someone telling me!)
The stage banter between Jessica and Josh was gfunny too. There was one moment when Josh told the audience that Jessica has such a small amount of limelight!
Between Jessica Paige and Steve Poltz was a BBQ. I love barbies and this one was great value – I had a steak, gourmet sausage and prawn and a huge plate of four salads.
Steve’s gig was late but great! He said it would be ‘the funnest show of the tour’ and I think it was! He was silly, romantic, childlike, clever and made me think. He told some hilarious stories – Sack Off 99 was my favourite.
I wasn’t planning on reviewing it so I was able to sit back and relax more.
He opened the show with Ten Chances, and said ‘Carly card’ again!
His fantastic guitar skills shone last night.
As did his lyrics. He is a perfectionist, and when he made mistakes in a few songs, he profusely apologised.
There was serenading on chairs…
He did a lot of requests: Street Fighter’s Face, Pixie Stick Girl, Cold German, Medical Career…
My favourite part was the ballet followed by yoga poses to his own guitar solo, mid show
And there was an all in singalong…
Gorgeous string work…
Thanks for playing, Steve! It was a privilege to see you – you are an amazing musician – come back to Australia soon!
Oh and I forgot! Steve pashed two audience members!
01 10 Chances
02 The Great Mystery
04 Chinese Checkers
05 Giving Thanks
06 I Pray that it Never Comes to This
07 Wash the Sins Off My Plate
09 ABCs of Love
10 Chair Song
11 Everything About You
12 Cold German
13 I Needed It
14 Street Fighters Face
15 From the Top of Her Head
16 Pixy Stick Girl
17 Sack Off 99
18 Medical Career
20 So Lonesome I Could Cry
21 I Don’t Understand