Jun 5, 2009
03:57 PMTulsa Sound
Post show recap - Better Than Ezra
As noted in the previous blog, I found the "All Access Passes" placed in front of the Crowne Plaza hotel for this show. My uncle had been talking about this show for months. He had seen them live several times in Dallas and swore by them. I met him at Soundpony before for a pre-show beer and showed him the passes. His eyes lit up like a six-year-old's at Christmas. We went over to the Flytrap Music Hall at 2nd and Greenwood. And instead of the previous owners' lack of security, line of gangsters and bulging pockets full of the latest in nickel-plated firearms, we were met with parents and their children, helpful and accommodating security personnel and even a friendly owner who let me park my scooter inside the venue.
Better Than Ezra started playing frat parties and New Orleans in the late 80s and made their living on the road. It helps that they are all skilled musicians. Their drummer, Michael Jerome, after just joining the band in their latest rehearsals (Tulsa was the first stop on their tour), put on a show by himself. He played one of their songs for the first time and nailed it like he’d been playing it for years. But BTE really revolves around Kevin Griffin. He not only sings but has such a great rapport with the audience that by the end of the show I realized what all the fuss was about. Their fans, The Ezralites, are borderline fanatical. They knew every word to every song – even their new stuff. There were two segments that really turned the worm for me. BTE covering “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones that went into their new song, “Juicy," was one. It sounded like they were written at the same time. And the band's cover of Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door” was sublime.
But the coolest thing BTE did was stay for almost an hour and a half after the show signing autographs, taking pictures and just hanging out with their supporters. I wish more bands did that. I spoke with Tom Drummond, the bass player and the fellow behind the Twitter All Access Passes idea. I told him I thought it was a great idea. It was not the prize but the journey to get the prize that I appreciated. He said that in New Orleans, the passes were so sought after that the band was under surveillance by their fans. They had to send out some one that no body knew to hide them. It was a city wide scavenger hunt. It really is a great idea by a bunch of nice guys that play good music.