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07/22/2008 Eric Hutchinson, Maria Sebastian (Buffalo, NY @ The Tralf)

By Eric | July 22, 2008 11:47 pm

[Missy Higgins was the headliner, but we didn’t stay.]

Tiff and I shot down the Thruway to take in our favorite new up-and-coming singer-songwriter. We got there about a half-hour after the doors had opened, and the main level of the Tralf was just about full, so we opted for the still-empty balcony. Considering we’ve seen him before, it was nice to get a different perspective on the show. Maria Sebastian was up first, and her 20 minute acoustic set was alright, but again, I’m not really into the whole indie/folk thing. She could sing though, no doubt about that. After a non-existent set change, Eric and his two bandmates took to the stage, and ran through a bunch of songs from “Sounds Like This”. He opened with “OK, It’s Alright With Me”, and continued on through with “You Don’t Have To Believe Me”, “All Over Now”, “Back To Where I Was”, “Oh”, “Outside Villanova”, “Food Chain”, “It Hasn’t Been Long Enough”, and closed with “Rock & Roll”. The only one he didn’t play was “You’ve Got You” for some reason.

Anyway, much like Rochester in Februrary, the band sounded tight, Eric sounded good, and the dry humor was evident. Unlike Rochester, he seemed a bit more reserved with the sarcasm (expected, because this wasn’t his show), and while there were some enthusiastic reactions when songs were over, from our perch in the balcony it looked like most people were just sitting on their hands and not really getting into it. (I could be expecting too much, I dunno.) While it was also apparent that hardly anyone knew who he was beforehand, he made an impression of a lot of folks, as the buzz at the merch table after the set was “I’d never heard of him before, but he was pretty good!” Always nice to get some new fans! Eric came to the merch table afterwards, and we chatted him up for a bit (telling him to hit Rochester again!) before heading out.

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