Story and Photos: Audrey Wright
Editor: Spencer Fleming
Mo Kenney, a singer/songwriter based out of Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Canada opened the show. It was just them and their guitar up on stage playing an acoustic set. Mo came off a bit shy and timid, but once they started singing the crowd was entranced.
The lyrics poured from Mo’s mouth like poetry. I’ve never heard an acoustic set like it. After the first song, the audience was captured. Their set really brought me back to my roots and reminded me why I love music so much.
Mo broke onto the scene in 2012 with their debut self-titled album. Over the last few years Mo has released three more albums including a 10-track collection of acoustic covers from Big Star, Stone Temple Pilots, and Tom Petty.
The final act of the evening was, of course, Crash Test Dummies. They flowed out on stage to a packed crowd cheering them on. Singing all of their greatest hits and more, including their most famous songs, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” and “Superman’s Song”, the band sounded fantastic.
Crash Test Dummies emerged from the Winnipeg Manitoba music scene in 1988. With a penchant for quirky songwriting and the distinct vocals of front man Brad Roberts, they established themselves as one of the bigger alternative acts of the 90s.
Never have I heard anyone have such a deep baritone voice. It is liquid gold. The very talented Ellen Reid harmonized with Brad while also handling the tambourine and accordion.
There was no doubt that all the 90s fans were brought back to their youth during Crash Test Dummies' set. I overheard a couple of women in the front row say “I can’t believe this is actually happening, it doesn’t seem real!”. I love hearing conversations like that. It makes you want to keep going to shows, supporting the scene, and defines just how powerful music can be.
You can catch Crash Test Dummies on these remaining tour dates:
Mon 2/28 Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Tue 3/1 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
Wed 3/2 Kent, OH @ Kent Stage
Fri 3/4 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Sat 3/5 Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
Sun 3/6 Pawling, NY @ Daryl’s House Club
Wed 3/9 Boston, MA @ City Winery
Thurs 3/10 East Greenwich, RI @ Greenwich Odeum
Fri 3/11 Dalton, MA @ Stationary Factory
Sat 3/12 New York, NY @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
Mon 3/14 Philadelphia, PA @ City Winery
Tue 3/15 Washington, DC @ City Winery
Thurs 3/17 Charlotte, NC @ Booth Playhouse
Fri 3/18 Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
Sat 3/19 Asheville, NC @ Diana Wortham Theater
Sun 3/20 Nashville,TN @ City Winery
Huge thanks to Crash Test Dummies management and to 1% Productions for putting on this show. Check out the galleries below!
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