An evening with Keller Williams @ the Cabooze
In the nearly 2 decades I’ve been friends with Keller, it has been a true joy to watch his skills & personality & career grows to what it is today. Not to mention his still blooming loyal fanbase especially with the younger enthusiasts. His time tested formula of brightly engaging originals & unusual fun covers works wonders everywhere he goes.
The 1st set was riddled with K-dub delight including adventuresome “Doobie in my pocket”, pop culty “Uncle Disney”, deadhead inspired “Gate crashers suck”, & double wham bam “Bob rules” > “Another Brick in the Wall”.
The 2nd set careened open with a freeky stylized “Gimmee Shelter” meandering thru beauty like “India” > “Hunting Charlie” > “Stayin’ Alive”, “Kidney in a Cooler”, “Super Hot”, phish fired “Birds of a Feather”, crowd pleaser “More than a Little”, my personal fave “Best Feeling” & ebullient encore “I Love California” (where he playfully sang “I Love Minnesota” sending the dancefloor into a wild frenzy). By now it was KW’s bday & crowd remained insane.
KW is the ultimate eclectic eccentric one man band. He builds on his musical ideas onstage masterfully & satisfyingly making it up as he goes along. He takes much time & care picking a course for a show yet improvises immeasurably & keeps the songs in the moment. He’s also very funny. K seems just as surprised as (we) the crowd are during one of his epiphanies. I imagine once he figures out a freaktronica loon call, it will make it into a live show. I hope I’m there.
One of the best parts of the night for me was relaxing with Keller backstage afterwards. It’s so fun sharing stories & ideas with him. The vibe was just right. Always a pleasure.