Matt Pond and Rocky Votolato @ Subterranean on March 25, 2011

Posted: March 28, 2011 in Show Review

I had been eagerly anticipating this show for quite a while and it did not disappoint. After finishing a beer at Estelle’s, I headed to Subterranean at about 9:15. The show started at 10:00 but I wanted to get there early for a good spot. Luckily, the crowd was sparse at the time and I easily got a spot right up front near stage left.

Matt Pond

Matt Pond was first up for the night. He was accompanied just by a guitarist and a cellist. I knew I was going to enjoy this show more than last time because I prefer Matt’s quieter songs. The highlight of the set was when Rocky came out for a performance of “New Hampshire.” That’s my favorite song so it really doesn’t get much better than that. Matt played a full set, but the crowd still didn’t want him to leave.

Rocky Votolato

This was my fourth time seeing Rocky Votolato. I think it’s getting to the point where if he plays in Chicago, I have to be there. He gave another strong performance. He said he was coming out with a new album soon and played a couple songs off of it. During the set, Matt Pond came out to return the favor from earlier by joining Rocky for “White Daisy Passing.”  The best part of the set was “Suicide Medicine” because it got the whole crowd signing along, I love that. Anyways, it was a good time and I’ll be there the next time either of these guys play again.


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