Reviews > Shows
Nick Lowe at the Birchmere
Photo by Zoran Orlic
Before Nick Lowe even sang a note, it was clear an edge-of-their-seats Washington, D.C.-area audience was swept away by his persona.
So it’s likely not surprising that when the London-based New Wave, Alt-Country legend began what can only be classified as a truly magical performance, the crowd only fell more deeply in love.
“It is great to be back in the glittering world of Alexandria at the Birchmere,” he joked from the stage.
Lowe may be a road warrior but he gave no sign of weariness as he worked his way through the 75-minute plus set list. Prior to the concert, Lowe said that although he’s aged – he just turned 63 — the success of his recent album which he said was boosted by a recent tour and special appearances with Wilco has made him hopeful that he can add to his fan base.
Although the median age of the Birchmere audience skewed to the 40+ crowd, there were plenty of 20- and 30-somethings in the mix as Lowe started the show with solo performances of some of his classic songs including “The Old Magic” and “Stoplight Roses.”
When his band took the stage, Lowe continued with classic songs including “Heart” and “Raging Eyes” before he and the players ramped up the vibe to something almost akin to a Texas roadhouse in which energy from the performers travels right to the audience and back.
Mindful of his audience’s mood, Lowe checked in with them throughout the show including before he launched into some songs.
“’I know some of you are saying ‘What’s wrong with the old stuff?’ but I assure you that these songs were hand picked and road tested,” said Lowe, ever the gentleman. “The main thing is, thanks very much for listening.’”
As the group launched into the new songs including “Raging Eyes” and “I Read a Lot,” the audience grooved right along.
Conscious of the party atmosphere, Lowe cautioned the audience that he and his band planned to “press our luck with a slower tempo” playing the new songs “House for Sale.” “I know you guys are in a rock n’ roll mood, but we will play this because we like playing it.”
Master that he is, though, Lowe kept the energy exchange buzzing during the ballad before he burst right back into the rock n’ roll mode with his 1979 pop hit “Cruel to Be Kind.”
Nick Lowe has been in the music biz for decades, but his performance shows “The Old Magic,” is much more than an album title.
In honor of Umphrey’s McGee’s return to Summer Camp this weekend, we present the group’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger performing this version of “The Pequod” from UM’s Anchor Drops.
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
- Relix Live Fridays: Trey Anastasio at The Fox
- Grace Potter & The Nocturnals "The Lion The Beast The Beat" (Official Video)
- The Allman Brothers Band Before Gregg?
- The M & Ms: Medeski, Mali, Mercurio, Moore at (Le) Poisson Rouge (A Gallery)
- Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger "The Pequod"
- Trey Anastasio with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center
- More Visions of the Hangout Music Festival 2013 (A Gallery)
- A Blowout for the So So Glos
- Interlocken Festival to Feature Neil Young, Furthur, String Cheese Incident, Black Crowes, Zac Brown and More
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Friend of The Devil" at the Beacon
- The Salvation of Page McConnell (Relix Revisited)
- Interlocken Adds Widespread Panic and John Fogerty, Furthur to Play Workingman’s Dead
- Warren Haynes and Joe Bonamassa "If Heartaches Were Nickels"
- The Final Ingredient in Dogfish Head’s Grateful Dead Tribute Ale Is…
- Stone Gossard Readies His Moonlander
- Trey Anastasio Band at The Hangout (Video Stream)
- Doctor’s Orders: So what should we call the Super Ball IX Newspaper?
- John Kadlecik Posts Statement on Bob Weir’s Collapse
- "I Wanne Be In moe.": The Latest Volunteers
- Bob Weir Escorted Off Stage During Furthur Show
- Furthur Cancels BottleRock Show as Bob Weir Is Out Of Commision
- Vote for Your Favorite "I Wanne Be In moe." Contestant
- Doctor’s Orders: What’s Your Favorite Furthur Song? (Win Copy of Relix Signed by Phil and Bobby)
- On The Verge Poll