When it comes to a concert there is nothing I love more than a showman/woman on stage. Someone who can truly energy and excite the crowd, getting them fully involve in the concert. When Vintage Trouble came on stage Saturday night, you saw four gentlemen in old fashioned suits walk on the stage, each giving a firm gentlemanly handshake to each other prior to reaching for their instruments. This was the first step in a show that truly encapsulated the audience into the feel they were going for.
Imagine, it’s the mid 70s, James Brown just hit the stage, he begins to sing, at times stepping away from his microphone stand to dance around, spin, and shuffle his feet. That’s the exact feeling Vintage Trouble lead singer, Ty Taylor, gave as he went through his first song to the audience of mid-to-late 20 year olds who were largely at The Great Hall for the act following his band. Quickly, the mood in the audience changed from one of uncertainty to pure enjoyment. There were the groups of people dancing a little back and forth, others trying to take it all in, and one noticeable white gentleman who was dancing around like the funk and soul was deep in his roots. Ty Taylor noticed this gentleman and fully encouraged others to join in on the act, although it wasn’t until later that the entire crowd was in on it.
Vintage Trouble’s performance epitomized what, I can only imagine, mid 70s soul felt like and was all about. James Brown…I mean Ty Taylor was out on stage fully enjoying himself, putting on a great show. He showed what a true performance is all about. Jumping around, even lashing out his extra long microphone wire out into the crowd, nearly hitting a fan in the head with it by surprise.
As the set began to wind down, you’d expect the band to sort of slow things down, instead Ty hopped off stage, went into the middle of the crowd, which circled around and started to dance with them. Encouraging the entire audience to get down low with their soulful side. He was 1 move away from starting a Soul Train down the middle of the venue, and he very well could have done it should he have chosen to.
From having trouble getting even a few people to check out their merch table, Vintage Trouble’s performance alone had easily 3/4s of the audience pile around the merchandise table after the show to meet the band, pick up merchandise as well as buy, and have signed a pre-release copy of the upcoming Vintage Trouble album The Bomb Shelter Sessions, which doesn’t even go on sale in the US or Canada until April 24th. If that doesn’t say an awesome live performance I don’t know what will convince you.