2006-9-14 Joes Pub NY

Joe’s Pub - New York, NY - September 14, 2006

Pete Townshend - Greyhound Girl, Endless Wire, Let’s See Action, Blue Red and Grey, In the Ether (with Rachel), I’m One (with all)

Rachel Fuller - It’s a Motherfucker (Eels), Blue (Joni Mitchell), Cigarettes & Housework, Happy to be Sad, Just Breathe (with Pete), Shine (with Martha, Pete & Foy)

Foy Vance - Crosstown Traffic (Hendrix), Gabriel & The Vagabond, Indiscriminate Act of Kindness (with Martha, Pete & Rachel)

Martha Wainwright - This Life, Factory (with Pete and Rachel)




Review by Jason Hare

Last night was another wonderful concert event with Rachel Fuller.  (That's two in one week!)  At the intimate Joe's Pub on Lafayette St, Rachel presented  IN THE ATTIC - which, if you've followed Rachel at all, you'll know is an extension of her hugely successful IN THE ATTIC webcasts, featuring performances and collaborations by a variety of artists.

Rachel's shows back home are literally done "in the attic," setting up a comfortable, intimate and informal atmosphere.  The Joe's Pub show felt like you were there with them in the attic, witnessing a group of musicians and friends making an impromptu bit of music for an appreciative audience.

Foy opened with a cover of "Crosstown Traffic."  I had no idea how powerful that song could sound on one acoustic guitar.  He performed a few others, including "Gabriel and the Vagabond," which was featured on Grey's Anatomy.  Fantastic. 

Although I've read many an article on Martha, I'd never really heard her perform before (other than her appearance on IN THE ATTIC a number of months ago).  The emotion she puts into her music is riveting.  I unfortunately don't know the names of the songs she performed past "Factory," but wow, what a fantastic performance.  Buy Martha's album at Amazon or iTunes.

What can I say about Pete's performance.  It was a fan's dream set.  He played "Greyhound Girl," "Endless Wire," "Let's See Action," "Blue, Red & Grey" (on ukelele), and "In The Ether."  The new Who album comes out 10/31, and everything I've heard so far has been unbelievably good.  Check YouTube in a few hours for last night's performance of "Man In A Purple Dress" on Letterman.  And you can stream "It's Not Enough" and "Tea And Theatre" from the new album here.

Rachel's set was terrific.  She lost any nerves she might have had on Monday and the crowd, which I expect was filled with many diehard Who fans, was both impressed and captivated by her unbelievable command performance.  She opened with two covers that I don't think you'll ever hear back-to-back again: "It's a Motherfucker" by Eels, and "Blue" by Joni Mitchell.  She continued with "Cigarettes and Housework," "Happy To Be Sad," and "Just Breathe."  Rachel was cool, collected and clever - and completely in control.  I walked away even more impressed than before.  You can buy her EP, Shine at Barnes & Noble or iTunes.

Each artist performed a few solo songs and a few collaborations.  Martha, Pete and Rachel joined Foy for "Indiscriminate Act of Kindness," Pete and Rachel joined Martha for "Factory," Rachel joined Pete for "In The Ether," and Pete joined Rachel for "Just Breathe."  For the finale, the group sang "I'm One" and "Shine (Theme From IN THE ATTIC)."

After the show, there was a meet & greet with the artists and many familiar friends and fans.  Although Martha wasn't there, Foy, Pete and Rachel posed for many photos and made a lot of people very happy.

Rachel's next IN THE ATTIC gig takes place on 9/28 in Chicago.  You'd be a fool to miss it.