Tears for Fears
and Hall & Oates
at AT&T Center, San Antonio. July 13. 2017.
There was a third opening act but doors were at 6:30 and we got there at 7:15. Tears for Fears started at 7:17.
Tears for Fears were on fire. I didn't think I knew their oeuvre as well as it turns out I do, including songs I probably hadn't heard in 25+ years and could sing from memory. Their voices were strong, their instrumentation and playing were excellent, and while it doesn't look like they're putting out new material, I'd buy it if they were. Plus they win the prize for most on the nose cover with Creep.
Hall and Oates weren't bad, but it was hard to live up to what Tears for Fears was doing. They didn't really get into the music hard until the encore (which was basically a long second set). And Daryl Hall is almost 70 if not more than, so his upper register is shot and the rearrangement of the songs is a bit disorienting. Especially when the audience is singing along to the radio version.
I'm glad we saw Hall and Oates but Tears for Fears was the clear winner here.Animated Shorts
, Tosca Quartet, Austin Chamber Music Festival at the North Door. July 14. 2017.
We've been to the North Door for shows before and this was clearly the worst configuration for it. The seats were too close together, the AC wasn't working properly to the point where Michael had to leave, and the door was around the back because of construction on Fifth. The music was lovely, including the bandoreon player who gave a great intro to his instrument, and the shorts were nice enough, but we'd seen most of them because more than half were from Fantasia and Fantasia 2000.
I'd like to see another program like this in a better venue with a better selection of animation. The idea was sound, but not the execution. At least the company was good.