ARTIST: Suzanne Vega
SUPPORT: Mike Doughty
VENUE, TOWN: Brighton Dome, Brighton
DATE: 14th June, 2012
Photos by Rachael-Emily.com
FIVE WORD REVIEW: Beautifully intimate, just as expected.
MAIN REVIEW: As one of Brighton’s best venues, The Dome, fills up with a mixed aged group of music fans, there’s no doubt they are all here to see headline act Suzanne Vega.
Prior to the Californian songstress hitting the stage, tonight’s crowd is treated to a warm up from Kentucky-born, ex-Soul Coughing founding member and frontman, Mike Doughty. Armed with his acoustic guitar he takes a seat alone on the vast stage and says little before starting his first number.
His open tuned sound adds an instant driving rhythm to what he plays and his vocals – while not the most gripping – are more than made up for by his clever and quirky lyrics. A mid-set remark raises a round of laughter around the venue as Mike states “I was asked to bring back a stick of Brighton rock, but I don’t know what the fuck that is!”
Suzanne Vega arrives on stage accompanied by her talented guitarist Gerry Leonard. The crowd are spoiled with well over an hour of her folksy rock pop stylings which included hits ‘Tom’s Diner’ and ‘Luka’. In a slight change of direction mid-way through her set, Vega introduces a selection of songs from her off Broadway musical about the life of writer Carson McCullers, which go down well.
It’s clear that Ms Vega’s talents are many – just like her fans.
LINKS: Official Website