A week ago, we were in Tennessee and went to the Hurray for the Riff Raff and Trampled By Turtles concert at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. Downtown Knoxville is a pretty cool place with lots of restaurants and bars in the Market Square district. Leaving the kids with their Tennessee grandparents, Kristy and I had a great time out. The Bijou Theatre is an old concert hall, small enough that there aren’t really any bad seats.
We like both bands, but were actually most excited to see the opening act. Opening for a bigger act is great opportunity to get exposure, but also challenging in that most people are not there to see you. Alynda Lee Segarra and the rest of Hurray for the Riff Raff did a great job. They played all of our favorite songs including The Body Electric and Little Black Star. I only wish Hurray for the Riff Raff could’ve played a little longer.
Trampled by Turtles also put on a good show. Like Alynda Lee Segarra from Hurray for the Riff Raff, Dave Simonett (the lead singer for Trampled by Turtles) also has a great voice. They both sound just as good live as they do on their recordings. Trampled by Turtles also played many of their best songs including Victory and Wait So Long. They also ignited the crowd with a light show and Ryan Young’s talented fiddle playing. Ryan sometimes bent all the way over while playing his fiddle and the crowd reacted favorably.