A party. You get a party.
Adam Weiner, the wild piano-wielding frontman of Low Cut Connie, clearly loves what he does.
And he doesn’t just lead a rock band: he facilitates a party. He runs around the stage with reckless abandon, breathlessly interacting with the crowd, his band members, and the centerpiece of the stage, his piano.
None of the showmanship takes away from the performance or the power of the songs, though, as sometimes happens with bands that have a wild stage show.
Weiner and his band never missed a note or vocal cue, giving characteristically full versions of singalong rockers “Revolution Radio,” “Beverly,” “Oh Suzanne,” and, of course, Barack Obama favorite, “Boozophilia.” Absolute shouter “Hey! Little Girl” was the perfect vehicle for crowd interaction.
The two highlights of the show for me, though, were Get Out the Lotion deep cut “Big Thighs, NJ” and a rousing cover of underrated David Bowie classic “Diamond Dogs.” The former shows Weiner’s songwriting subtlety, the latter his great taste for covers (at last year’s First Avenue show, he covered Tom Petty buried treasure “Free Girl Now”).
What’s the only way to take a party up another notch? Invite Big Freedia, whose opening set also absolutely blew the roof off.
At a Low Cut Connie show, you get the ideal combination of an entertaining spectacle, solid musicianship, and quality songwriting to legitimize it all.
A party. You also get a party.