And we'd definitely seen this place before....The show was at the Grey Eagle Tavern which I have to talk up a bit. This is a great venue, and if you read my blog from NC please give them some business. These are the kinds of places that help keep the indie music scene alive and vibrant. The place has relatively cheap beer, a nice outside patio area for smoking, a roomy but intimate stage area, and the best bar kitchen I've ever seen (Cajun!). The staff is cool but unpretentious as is the crowd for the most part. And they're bringing in great shows. Totally worth the 2.5 hour drive from Charlotte.
Bejar is intense. You could feel it as he sang. He's also very shy on stage. He said very little to the audience. But at some point, he began to smile. Just these tentative smiles that opened up a kind of joy in everyone. The crowd loved him. People all around us were singing his songs...they knew all the words. Half of us had these dopey in love smiles on our face as he performed. And it seemed that he responded to this love. His keyboard player at one point said "Way better than New York" which rose a great response in the crowd. North Carolinians are not often compared in a favorable way to New Yorkers. And when he came out to give his encore, Bejar commented: "Maybe it's the acoustics in this place but it sounds like there is a 100, 000 people out there."