Concert Review: City and Colour at The Fillmore
It was a bold choice for City and Colour to open their show at The Fillmore in Detroit with their nine-minute, hypnotic, floating track, “Woman.” A long, somewhat low-energy song as an opener can sometimes be a disaster. Not only could all the excitement of the crowd be drained, but when does a nine-minute song ever work live, besides Free Bird? For City and Colour, opening with “Woman” was brilliant. The music, his voice, the energy of the crowd, and the impressive stage lighting worked together like nothing I’ve ever seen. The crowd was all in, and they’d follow Dallas Green anywhere he wanted to take them.
The vibe of the audience can be contributed to the opening act, Hurray for the Riff Raff. The folk band had a nostalgic feel of the 1960s New York folk music scene, but with a very interesting difference: the woman’s perspective. Lead singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Sagarra pointed out how she always heard folk songs about a man “killing” his girlfriend or lover, but never the reverse. It was very intriguing to think, “What might the woman laying across Dylan’s big brass bed have to say about him?” Was she laying on the bed from fear that Bob was going to kill her if she didn’t? Eh, probably not, but still good to hear the possibilities. They made for a pleasant and delightful opener for the crowd to chew on before Dallas did Detroit.
Speaking of the crowd; there aren’t many moments in life I’ve felt more out of place than being by myself in a room full of lovers. It was like I busted in on a swingers convention that was rolling deep on molly. Every guy seemed to have a girl standing in front of him with his arms wrapped around her, nearly groping her…as I stood next to him, alone. I felt a perfect mix of creepy and uncomfortable; in other words, just like Bill Cosby when he spoke to a graduating class of an all women’s college. AWK-WARDDDD.
When the audience would sing along with the lyrics, you could hear the distinct female dominance. It’s hard to argue with women’s love for Dallas; he writes super-emotional lyrics, his voice is unbelievable, he plays the guitar, and he’s easy on the eyes. It’s like that old saying, “Women want him, and men want him,” or something like that.
The night was filled with happiness and appreciation. With each song Dallas performed, he made an intimate connection with us. The songs about breakups reminded us of how much they hurt. Songs about finding someone new reminded us how far we’ve come since the breakup. And the songs about true love told us that it’s all worth it. We’ve all lived the songs City and Colour perform, only we’d never sing it as great as Dallas does.
Setlist (via Setlist.fm)
If I Should Go Before You
Hello, I’m in Delaware
Lover Come Back
We Found Each Other in the Dark
The Grand Optimist
As Much as I Ever Could
Save Your Scissors
Body in a Box
Hope for Now