Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mark Knopfler

Thursday June 26, 2008

Good golly! Mark Knopfler came to town last night and the rabidrunner et al. had Abravanel Hall tickets at row 7 center. That's EYE LEVEL with the master's many guitars! Eye level!

As mentioned earlier, Mark Knopfler came from a band called Dire Straits. His music is difficult to classify and doesn't fit into any particular breed or genre. I would call it RoBlueCunFo... kind of a music mut or mongrel (but we all know that muts make the best pets). It's got the body of Rock, a Bluesy leg, some Country twang in the talking, and a Folky tail.

If you aren't a Knopfler fan or have never heard of him, go see him live. He and his band are fabulously trained musicians that can engross an audience with intense sentiment. It's not the type of show that you bang your head at or even sing along. You just sit there and stare. In awe.

Today I decide to find a review of last night's show. And you know what I found? This. And it is so bad! So bad! Not bad as in the performance was bad but the article itself was bad. I means seriously. A show encased with Knopfler Magic and that's the best you can do? Geez.

Here's where I try to top it.

June 25, 2008 was a special event for music lovers. And not just music lovers of a particular genre. Salt Lake City had the pleasure of welcoming Mark Knopfler and friends to the enchanting ambiance of Abravanel Hall.

Knopfler, an accomplished musician and songwriter, is most known as the former front man and lead guitarist of Dire Straits. Knopfler has included equally trained musicians in the lineup of his band: Long time friend, guitarist and keyboardist, Guy Fletcher; classically trained rainbow-strumming guitarist Richard Bennett; upright and electric bass playing Glen Worf; the jovial drums of Danny Cummings, and the scholastically refined piano of the young Matt Rollings.

Mark Knopfler and company began with Cannibals, a tune from his first solo album Golden Heart. Although this particular song showcases the band and it's strengths, the performance seemed to be more of a sound-check exercise. Knopfler's mumbling vocals were difficult to hear but became more legible once the second song began. From then on, each song was crisp in its delivery, melodic in presentation, and zesty in sound.

The set list covered all episodes of Knopfler's career. Several tunes from the Dire Straits era, including Telegraph Road and Romeo and Juliet, included extended arrangements that emphasized the talent of each band member. The piano and bass arrangements were especially spectacular.

Knopfler's stage presentation is humble and subdued. The man loves his guitar. And he loves to play that guitar for appreciating fans. The songwriting and musicianship of Mark Knopfler awakens rhapsodic emotions that only music can awaken.

Four plus stars.


The petulant ninny said...

Despite my manly reservation and rugged stoicism, it is impossible to deny that sitting next to the prettiest girl in the hall made that display of musical achievement even more spectacular!

rabidrunner said...


The McMillans said...

I am drooling at the idea of hearing him life. I love his music, he proves that a guitar is an instrument designed for more than just IV, V, I chord progressions. I am so glad you had a great time.

The McMillans said...

Oops, LIVE.

The joys of always being partially distracted by children.

Nigel said...

And I forget I FORGET the movie song...