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Citizen Cope at the Varsity Theater, Minneapolis (03/07/10)

posted Mar 7, 2010, 10:49 PM by Vu Nguyen
Citizen Cope - Healing Hands
Tour Dates
03/09/10 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City
03/10/10 House of Blues Dallas, TX
03/12/10 Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre - SOLD OUT! Austin, TX
03/13/10 House of Blues Houston, TX
03/15/10 Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge, LA
03/16/10 Tipitina’s New Orleans, LA
03/30/10 Commodore  Vancouver, BC
03/31/10 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
04/01/10 Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA
04/02/10 Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA
04/03/10 Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA
04/07/10 Wiltern Theatre Los Angeles, CA
04/08/10 Wave House San Diego, CA
04/09/10 Fillmore San Francisco, CA
04/10/10 Fillmore San Francisco, CA
04/13/10 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
04/14/10 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT
04/15/10 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
04/16/10 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
04/17/10 Midland Theatre  Kansas City, MO
04/19/10 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI
04/22/10 WXRV Earth Day  Boston, MA
04/23/10 Music Box @ Atlantic City, NJ
04/24/10 Ram’s Head Baltimore, MD
04/29/10 Norva Norfolk, VA
04/30/10 9:30 Club Washington DC
05/01/10 9:30 Club Washington DC
06/03/10 BAMA Jam Enterprise, AL

[2002] Citizen Cope

[2004] The Clarence Greenwood Recordings

[2006] Every Waking Moment

[2010] The Rainwater LP
Citizen Cope is famous and he is loved. That's evident at the two recent sold-out show at The Varsity Theater (the beautiful venue is huge, so selling out the place is pretty impressive*). From what I've gathered, most of the people there last night was also at Saturday's sold-out show, stating that it was also quite crowded on Saturday.

The audience was surprisingly younger, about college age, a contrast to Gomez's parental audience. What this generally mean is that it gets rowdier and people tend to drink and act rude and don't mind pushing/crushing you. I couldn't really brave the front and eventually left and watch the rest of the show at a safe distance.

Citizen Cope's been steadily gaining fans since signing with DreamWorks Records, a division of the movie company of the same name. So it's no surprise that you'll find much of Cope's music on television and commercials. From a quick scan, I noticed his music's been used in quite a few HBO shows, so even if you haven't heard of Citizen Cope, you're likely have heard his music.

■ Citizen Cope at the Varsity Theater, Minneapolis 3-7-10
When Cope took the stage at eight, the crowd went nuts. Citizen Cope looks tense and serious, while his backup band looks smiley, but dressed and plays like they belong in a blues band.

He started his set with "Comin' Back", followed by "Let The Drummer Kick". I don't have the setlist (I don't think they actually had any on stage). The rest was a blur, but I do recall hearing "Hurricane Waters" with its catchy line, "I will carry you through the hurricane waters, and I'll remember you in the blue skies". Also, the clear favorite of the setlist was "Son's Gonna Rise", off of The Clarence Greenwood Recordings.

He also did "Healing Hands", from the new The Rainwater LP (released March 3rd via Rainwater Recordings), which actually sounds a bit reggae towards the end of the song. The song is available as a free download off his website.

The Rainwater LP is out now, as part of Amazon's $5 MP3 album promotion, and be sure to check out the rest of Citizen Cope's tour.

* Doubly impressive is that Cope is carrying the shows by himself, no opening band for support.

 03/08/2010 00:35:42  vu ()