BoDeans at the Bluebird Theater, 5/30/12 (photos and review)By Colleen Smith | May 31st, 2012 | 2 comments
They opened with “Stay On,” one of several tunes they played from their album “Go Slow Down.”
The band debuted songs from the new record, “American Made.” The album makes political statements, which frontman Kurt Neumann also did at the concert. “Don’t listen to the extremists on both sides,” he said. “America has always been a country that worked together.”
Neumann, 50, delivers songs with passion and fury, his voice strong and clear and plaintive.
The crowd danced and sang along to “Idaho,” “Good Things,” “Paradise” and “Fadeaway.” The encore included “You Don’t Get Much” and, finally, BoDeans’ hallmark anthem “Closer to Free.”
Along with bandana-clad Neumann, the other remaining original band member, Michael Ramos, wailed on keyboards, accordion and trumpet.
The newest and youngest BoDean, Warren Hood, opened the show with his band the Goods. With Hood fiddling around, BoDeans sound even more down home. Hood’s fresh face and get-down fiddle give BoDeans a rich new twist, helping to fill the void left by Sam Llanas, an original band member who quit last August.
Colleen Smith, a longtime freelancer at The Denver Post, is the author of the novel “Glass Halo” and the gift book “Laid-Back Skier.”
Nathan Iverson is a Denver photographer and regular contributor to Reverb.