Live Review: Bob Brozman @ Fly By Night Club (2008-09-20)

Live Review: Bob Brozman @ Fly By Night Club (2008-09-20)
Review by Leo Abbs

The Fly By Night is one of those venues where people can be seated, standing or sitting on the floor. Tonight it was the seated vibe. All eyes were on the man on stage, surrounded by an array of instruments. The man was Bob Brozman.

“It takes 5000 years to get good at music,
but you only get 80 or 90.”

When you put like that, you realise how much there is to learn about music. A gig with Bob Brozman is not just a live performance, it’s a music lesson too. He’s an incredibly talented musician with his musical training taking him all over the world, and for him to say that it takes that long to get good at music is a little baffling. He sounded pretty amazing from where I was.

When it boils down to it, Brozman is divided into two broad musical categories – Blues and World. Yet he would have to be the weirdest blues performer I’ve seen. I say that in a good way. He’s definitely got a unique sound. Any person who like the blues,or even just consider themselves a songwriter, would be advised to check this man out next time he’s in town. While he sounds good on record, it’s in the live setting, where he excels.

‘Hey Kids, have you ever been to a gig where I guy talks so much?’ He said

Maybe you haven’t, but so much of what he said between songs, was like I said before an education in music.

He played an array of instruments, some of which I’ve never seen played on stage. And perhaps in this current tour which has taken in 53 countries, he’ll probably find a few more to learn and next time – hopefully we see him again – he’ll probably be playing them on stage.

Another thing of note in this performance. He left the stage in intermission and went to the merchandise stand, talking to fans in the crowd as they asked him about his music and which CD’s they should buy. How often do you see a touring act do that? Most of the time they’re too busy hanging backstage.

All in all, we had a gig, a music lesson, a talk and experienced some unique music by a true individual.



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