Bob Schneider brings authentic Austin flavor to the Bluebird Theater - Reverb

Live review: Bob Schneider @ the Bluebird Theater

Dinosaurs, pirates, and dancing girls. That best sums up the show on Sunday night at the Bluebird Theater when Bob Schneider brought his Austin-based Lonely Hearts Band out for a headlining show in Denver.

Poised in front of a giant projection screen flashing everything from 1930s horror movies to beds of clouds or mountain landscapes, the band churned out song after song leaving little time between tunes. It was as if Schneider wanted to play his entire catalog in a 90-minute set.

If any person could embody the idealized Austin music scene, it’s Schneider. He is still coasting on the fumes of being awarded nearly every prize at the 2010 Austin Music Awards where he took home Songwriter of the Year, Producer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Musician of the Year among others.

Even with the success of his last album, “Lovely Creatures” he still returns to the music that hooked the crowd in the first place. It’s best described as a soggy mix of hip-hop, flamenco, and Rock ‘n’ Roll as made famous by Tom Waits. If you don’t understand that mix, please give his 2001 offering “Lonelyland” a listen.

Dawning a partite hat for the last hour of the show, Schneider belted out the first song he ever wrote, “PUSSY FEVER,” and offered a performance not to be outdone by anyone in Denver that night.

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Evan Semón is a Denver freelance photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more his work.