My friends and I traveled to the Ark in Ann Arbor last night to see Melissa’s last show in Michigan. We were all looking forward to a Friday night of music at the Ark. I’d already seen her play at the Intersection in Grand Rapids the night before — well I sort of saw the show as I volunteered to help her with her merchandise table.
Our drive took twice as long as I had planned – Ann Arbor is generally a 45 minute drive and instead it took 90 minutes. The doors had opened, we sort of barely got in to get seated before Coyote Grace took the stage. Some of us anyway, those of us who had purchased our tickets in advance got in. Some of my friends instead had to spend the evening in Ann Arbor. Sold out – Melissa’s show sold out, I was really tickled for her.
And what a great, Great, did I say FUCKING FANTASTIC show it was! She played for over 2 hours — she played almost all of her new album Goodbye Youth, she played older tunes including Drive, Bejing – she played a lovely version of Anything Anywhere and got out her fugelhorn. She’s so smart, funny and engaging on stage. Making up songs on the spot as she told stories and commented on the upcoming election, her therapists, Tina Fey (honey stand in line Tina Fey is mine or the fantasy of at least 999999999 other lesbians).
For the last song of her set Coyote Grace (an incredibly talented duo – who got a standing ovation after their performance) came out and the trio played the catchy new song Heartbeat. It was wonderful to hear that song played with the addition of a sexy upright bass and bass player…a ukelele was a nice touch as well.
She left the stage — she’s never left the stage to turn around and return for an encore (she usually just remains on stage, makes some jokes about not leaving stage and plays some more). She left – the crowd was going a little crazy we’d given her a standing ovation and we wanted more. Greedy bitches! Playing for nearly two hours was not enough dammit – I clapped and stomped my feet.
She came back out and played not one, or two, or three BUT FOUR MORE fantastic songs for her encore. She was going to play two and it became three, then four.
The songs included the new Pot of Gold – which she explained she’d release on her new version of Goodbye Youth that will be distributed next year…a revised album that would have production behind more of the songs than her album’s original version.
She also said Pot of Gold would release soon on iTunes as a single.
On November 1st — Melissa will have an online store so you can buy directly from her…and that my friends, my readers, the stalkers(oops I mean visitors) who travel the internet for all information Melissa. Do THAT — go to her website and buy, often, then all over again BUY! Self employment is hard — I’ll be happy to tell you all about it.
She then played Getting Over You.
And then (eergh my mind has drawn a complete blank)a third amazing tune, an older one.
And she finished up her wonderful show in Ann Arbor with Black Tornado – a Dan Bern song which I really love, really love, (did you hear me) to hear her sing.
I’m still buzzing, what a fantastic show and a great time. I was really sorry that some of my friends could not get in, so I had Coyote Grace sign yet another album for them (I purchased multiple copies of their albums) and other friends bought Melissa’s albums. We waited around a little more for her to come out and sign them, she did. My friend is stalking her too now (did I say too…oops I meant to say also).
I can’t imagine she was anything but utterly exhausted after a show like that but she was beautiful and gracious with her fans yet again on Friday.
Again fucking fantastic!
She signed my friend’s album, I exchanged a few more words with her about how amazing she is — she promised to send me another word at Scrabble. Or Scramble, or whatever.
We made arrangements for our first love child but then we decided “nah neither one of us would carry the baby, who would no doubt end up a manic, manic, social anarchist who can’t spell worth a damn and would forever behave like a five year old”. She’d be cute though …hot, our little girl.
Then we embraced – she was crying but I told her to be strong, that she was beautiful, and brave, and smart and strong and that I’d be thinking about her and I’d join her as soon as I could (wait a minute that might have been my dream last night instead) the part right before…
What a fantastic, fantastic, fantastic talent and am amazing, amazing concert! Certainly the best show I have ever seen her put on and one of the best, if not the best concerts I have ever seen period.
And all at the Ark this wonderful and intimate space that still holds a large number of people and has some great acoustics.
Is she coming back next week? ———–please.
Let’s just re-name it the House of Ferrick ’cause last night she owned the place and captivated, completely captivated a roomful of people.
Beauty surrounds us wherever we are and that was a beautiful night of music.