Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Concert Review: Tony Furtado at Waterloo Cafe, 9/6

Posted By on Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 11:04 AM

101_5037.jpg

Tony Furtado took the stage at the sparsely decorated Waterloo Cafe last night for an intimate acoustic performance that opened his current Midwestern tour. It included a selection of tunes from his back catalog and many improvised moments.

Accompanied solely by his acoustic guitar, Furtado kicked off with a slow instrumental piece and followed with “Waste of the Moon,” a melancholy number he said was inspired by Wallace Stevens' poetry. The tune had a sad blues feel, with lyrics that wondered about the inevitability of death.

He then picked up a banjo for an instrumental medley that included a cover of the Beatles' “I Will” and an original tune that went into a semi-classical mode and showcased his dexterity on the instrument.

For the folksy title track from 2007's Thirteen — an original tune he wrote after a South Carolina mine disaster where 13 workers survived and 12 died — Furtado used a 1951 semi-acoustic Gibson guitar that he said he was playing for the very first time. It's a very poignant song, accented by bits of slide guitar.

Things became more playful when Furtado returned to the banjo and performed an improvised tune that included a lot of pedal effects. You could see how much fun he was having, even surprising himself with the sounds he was able to extract from the instrument and electronics.

Furtado closed his set with two Irish-tinged numbers that brought smiles to the audience that filled the small room. It was a grateful crowd, and Furtado responded with an upbeat encore. Thanks to his singular approach to music and charismatic stage presence, it was a highly enjoyable evening. Here's hoping he will return soon. —Ernest Barteldes

Tags: ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Michael Gallucci

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 17, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation