Sunday, June 5, 2011

"An Evening Such as These"

Over the weekend I ventured to Milford, CT to see a night of live music; Seth Adams, Carbon Leaf and The Alternate Routes played at Daniel Street Club on Saturday, June 4th. It was my first time taking a trip to this venue and it was a really nice place to see music. It located in a really cute down town area that would have been fun to explore more of, especially since it’s right on the water. The only downside, very little parking, but I was able to find the teeniest parking garage with the teeniest parking spaces ever ( I should have grabbed a picture).

Before the show started I meet up with some of the guys from The Alternate Routes to help shoot a music video for the song, Kiss Me, off their latest album, Lately. (I can't recommend this album enough!)  It is one of my favorite songs from the album. It’s super fast, super fun, and has great rock – basically everything I like to see in a song, especially performed live. When I heard they were looking for people to help make the video, I jumped at the chance. I have to admit I was really nervous in front of the camera but hey, you have to do things now and then that scare you. It’s (usually) always worth it. The guys from AR really are some of the nicest people out there, so it was nice to see them again and have a few minutes to chat while they got things set up. I watched a few other people being filmed for the video so I can’t wait to see how it turns out. They said they are going to be putting the video together this week so I’ll be sure to share it when it comes out.

The show itself was great. I love love love shows where I know (and love) both the opening band and in this case, both headliners. It makes for a great night. I was treated to over 4 hours of live music from a bunch of great bands. I had checked out Seth Adams back in December as part of Brian Jarvis’ Holiday Concert (which benefitted a children’s charity in CT) featuring many great bands from Soundwave. It was nice to see him again and he did a great job opening. The opening gig can be hard but he got people up and moving before his set was over. 

Carbon Leaf took the first spot in the co-headlining position. I’ve been able to see them a few times -everywhere from The Rock Boat in the middle of the ocean (where I first came across them), to opening for Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers in NYC and this summer they’ll be in Albany opening for Enter the Haggis at Alive at Five. I hope I can make it to that show. They are full of energy and musical talent. So many instruments made their way onto the stage it was hard to keep up. They have a Celtic, Rock, insert adjective here, vibe but it’s very interesting and original. I like original.

The Alternate Routes took the stage around 11:00 and played to a hometown crowd. I’ve also seen this band in a lot of different settings – The Rock Boat, opening for Kevin Costner’s Band, a headlining show in Albany but it was so much fun to see them playing to a local crowd full of fans. I’m pretty sure they enjoyed it too.  They played a lot of my (concert) favorites like Carry Me Home, I Asked You Twice, Rocking Chair, Tell Me Your Name, Kiss Me and a whole lot more. It was full of energy and the crowd was really into it, which always makes for a great show from both the artist and the fan perspective.

They played until around 12:30 and I hung out for a bit to tell everyone how much I enjoyed the show and to say goodnight. It was a late start for the drive home but I eventually pulled in around 3:30 and headed straight for bed. It really was a great day and a lot of the memories and positive vibes from yesterday have stuck with me. I’m not sure I was able to convey how great it was and how much I enjoyed it but I hope you got the gist.

(Kiss Me - Live from Daniel Street Club a few months ago)

If you like great music, I hope you check out Seth Adams, Carbon Leaf and The Alternate Routes!

Sorry for the lack of pictures, I was travelling light for the show and didn’t bring my camera in and well... I refuse to post crappy cell phone pictures!

Title inspiration: Lyrics from Stay by the Alternate Routes "An evening such as these makes it easy to believe you could be my love"


  1. nice post, diana...i did not know you were a blog is
    i'll keep reading!
    gary warner

  2. Thanks Gary! I blog a bit every now and then but don't advertise it much!

    I think you'd really like Carbon Leaf and maybe The Alternate Routes. Let me know if you'd like me to send me some tunes!