A photo of Xavier Rudd at First Ave 5/10/2011:
Last night I went to a “Dirty Hippie” concert. It was AMAZING. First Ave is one of my favorite places to go to see a good show in Minneapoilis, but seeing a one-man-band play the didgeridoo, guitar, harmonica, drums, chimes and sing all in one song is just plain awe inspiring.
With one opening band, Honey Honey, who were making “goo-goo eyes” at each other the whole time, the audience didn’t have to wait too long for Xavier. Honey Honey consisted of one guy playing a guitar and singing back up while hitting the bass drum, and a lady on the lead microphone who played the banjo or violin. It was very country/roots. I enjoyed it quite a bit. A few of their songs showed great variety in their style; one reminiscent of a tango while another had a very “stompy” 80’s line dancing feel.
A little background on Xavier; he’s an Australian musician and surfer who sings about spreading love, understanding and conservation. Here is a bit from his song “Messages” which everyone in the building knew all the words to:
So speak out loud
Of the things you are proud
And if you love this coast
Then keep it clean as it evolves
Because the way that it shines
May just dwindle with time
With the changes it will confront
His sound resonates and encourages the crowd to dance and sing along. First Ave was packed with Hippies, from Hoola-Hoop and over-all wearing dancers to the feather and flower wearing head-bobbers. Everyone was dancing and having a good time.
Young and Old alike were enjoying the positive energetic show. Fresh friendships were sprouted, and family groups danced together to their favorite songs as the hours sped by with Xavier’s provision of a great soundtrack.