Concert Review: Tom Evanchuck and The Old Money/ The Robin Electric at Musica
Sure the weather was crappy, but that didn’t stop a small crowd from attending the show at Musica last night. My reason for being there: Tom Evanchuck and The Old Money. I am not very familiar with the other band, The Robin Electric, but they were the headliners hailing from Brooklyn. But more about them later.
The show started around 8 p.m. with the guys from Tom Evanchuck. This four-piece sounds like they have been playing together for years, but that’s not hard to do when all your members are talented. Speaking of talent, boy does Evanchuck have a wonderful voice. The guys jammed for about an hour, playing an array of songs off their self-titled album. My favorites were “Peace of Mind” and “Married,” which Tom performed solo.
What I really love about this band is the warmth about them that draws you in, even if you aren’t familiar. I happened upon an older woman in the bathroom, and she would not stop asking me who these guys were. That would make sense with influences such as Neil Young and Bob Dylan. It was apparent that these guys draw their sound from the old bluesy/Americana days, and I dig it.
Despite the small crowd, the guys interacted with us anyways. They mentioned plans to embark on a few weeks of touring. But, when they get back, Nasty Fancy will have a Q&A with the guys, so check back!
Up next was The Robin Electric. I have never heard of these guys, but that’s the beauty of my job. I didn’t realize all night that they were five of the 15 people who were in the crowd, otherwise I would have asked them what’s up with their band. Any who, the four guys and one chick took stage around 9 p.m. Two of the members, Laura and Jesse, are Cleveland natives, but this was the first time the group had played together in Akron. Unfortunately, not a lot of people made it out to see them debut, but that didn’t hinder their performance much at all.
What was really interesting about this edgy indie-rock band was the three and sometimes four-part harmonies. It can either turn out really good or really bad when that many people sing at once, but they worked it well. If they’re ever back in the neighborhood, be sure to check them out. They put on a pretty good live show.