Delta Spirit at Masquerade in Atlanta, 7/10/10 [Concert Review, Pics]

by oz on July 12, 2010

Delta Spirit are my latest addiction. Their recent release, History From Below, is my most listened to album of 2010 so far and also my favorite. I ventured out to Masquerade in Atlanta to see these songs come to life and my expectations were fully exceeded.

Delta Spirit opened with a few verses of “People C’mon” from their previous album, Ode To Sunshine, before diving headlong into their latest single, “Bushwick Blues.” It was a perfect transition from old to new and the beginning of a night of music that celebrated lead singer Matthew Vasquez’s birthday at the stroke of Midnight.

Highlights of the set included the jaw dropping 3-man percussion on “White Table,” the intensity in “St. Francis,” and the quiet emotion of “Vivian,” a song about Matthew’s grandmother passing away. The song is special on the album, but chills were sent up my spine in hearing the clashing cymbals and drums behind Matthew’s angry vocals: “I know it’s hard to deal with the pain/ The yellow from your liver giving out.”

As the night wore on, the band slowly turned the birthday party into full force on stage, knocking back their fair share of cold ones and cover songs by the likes Louis Armstrong, Pink Floyd, and an encore kicked off with Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.”

I took my brother-in-law to this show, a guy who had never heard of Delta Spirit. They won him over playing a trashcan lid and he’s now in possession of Ode To Sunshine and History From Below. Like me, he’s got ’em both on repeat.

And speaking of covers, here’s a favorite:

Delta Spirit – Duncan (Paul Simon cover from their Daytrotter Session)

And here is a fan video of “White Table” from the same show:

And here are the rest of my pics:

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Bonnie July 12, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I cannot stop listening to Delta Spirit’s new CD. Love it. I heard them live a couple years ago when they opened for Matt Costa and it was love at first song.

J July 13, 2010 at 4:32 am

Such a great band. I’ve seen them about 3 times. I’m really looking forward to their show here in Houston on Friday as well.

Shirk July 13, 2010 at 8:05 am

Nice pics, Oz. Dude is working on a Stamos wig.

Woody July 13, 2010 at 8:25 am

TDBG and I were calling him Uncle Jessie at that Double Door show we saw a couple years back. He’s really growing into the role.

Dustin Roberts July 13, 2010 at 9:03 am

I saw these guys Saturday night in Birmingham. They were really rowdy for Matt’s birthday. I didn’t hear Vivian though and was disappointed. They played as many from Ode as they did from History. I really wish they would have played Ballad of Vitaly too because I cannot stop listening to that song. The opening acts of Romany Rye and David Vandervelde were equally as good.

Steve McCoy July 13, 2010 at 11:27 am

Delta Spirit is my favorite band right now. No question. Seeing them live was amazing.

Sam July 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I also got to see them at the Bottletree in Birmingham. It’s good to see that Matt was still wearing that same White Zombie t-shirt. I must say I’m jealous that you got to hear Vivian, but then again we got Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box.” Suck it.

Oh yeah. Nice photos too. Thanks.

Joe July 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Hey cool, there’s half of me in the first pic and you were probably standing next to me when you took the pic of Matt at the piano.

I have seen hundreds of concerts in my day – being a bit older than most concert goers at 44. (First concert ELO as a kid in 1975, yikes) This band is one of the best I have seen – period – and I’ve seen everyone from Van Halen back in their DLR heyday, Springsteen in the early 80’s, to Soundgarden etc….. Folks that don’t see them are really missing out seeing the beginnings of a great band. Great band chemistry, Matt is a powerful lead vocalist.

Sir Indie July 19, 2010 at 8:30 am

I haven’t been to any of their performances and kind of a newbie to them, but I’m enjoying what I’m hearing so far of “White Table”. Crowd assisted claps help out with the song in my opinion (I’m watching the video)…wonder if it is/isn’t on the studio version.

Thanks for the introduction..


navin September 12, 2010 at 11:06 am

Nice pics

navin September 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

Nice photos

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