Rheostatics at the Horseshoe

image of the rheostatics at the horseshoe tavern 2017I went to see the Rheostatics last night.

image of the rheostatics at the horseshoe tavern 2017, bidini shoe, set listThose who know me know how much of a fan I am of this odd gaggle of gentlemen.

image of the rheostatics at the horseshoe tavern 2017, tielli shoe, set listThe show last night at the Horseshoe Tavern (for the venue’s 70th anniversary) was charmingly comfortable and clunky and delivered all the musical brilliance and meandering banter that we have come to expect and enjoy.

image of the rheostatics at the horseshoe tavern 2017, Dave ClarkThis is Dave Clark, a dexterous and creative drummer who also provided a humourous and touching acapella half time song.

image of the rheostatics at the horseshoe tavern 2017, hugh marshThis is Hugh Marsh who is just, well, a phenomenon, who plays with the Rheostatics frequently.

image of the rheostatics at the horseshoe tavern 2017, tim veseleyAnd the “front men” as they called themselves – Tim Vesely …

image of the rheostatics at the horseshoe tavern 2017… Martin Teilli and Dave Bidini.

image of the rheostatics at the horseshoe tavern 2017It’s wonderful to see them in a small venue like the horseshoe where you can get a sense of how much attention they pay to each other as they’re playing on stage, which is an essential part of what makes them a whole that is greater than the sum of their multi-talented parts.

image of the rheostatics at the horseshoe tavern 2017And each time I’ve heard them play any given song, it has always morphed and grown from the last time I hear them play it.

I am always happy to have the chance to go see these guys play live. If you haven’t done so yourself, I suggest you do. There’s a lot in the music to hear and their substantial repertoire covers a lot of ground. There’s bound to be something in there that makes you sing “It feels good to be alive.”

 

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