Concert Review: Sean Rowe, The Handsome Family (6/20/2013)

I went to Passim’s in Harvard Square last week to see Sean Rowe and the Handsome Family. I have seen Sean Rowe a couple of times before but the Handsome Family was new to me – I was looking forward to hearing them for the first time because some friends of mine really like them (and I always listen to my friends!).

Passim’s is a solid place to see a show – it’s a small, fairly crowded seated venue that serves food and drinks to your table. I wish they would serve drinks cold (nothing quite like an 80-degree glass of white wine on a warm summer day!), but otherwise I have no major complaints. It’s on my “happy to see a show here” list of venues.

Sean Rowe was the opening act, and as usual he put on an excellent solo set for us. He did songs from both of his albums (“Magic” and “The Salesman and the Shark”) as well as some newer material, including one he told us he had just written in the last week or two. He also did a great cover of the classic Spoonful, which I caught on film an SD card:

Mr. Rowe has got tour dates scheduled in the US and Europe, you can check out his schedule by clicking here. You should try to catch him before he starts playing bigger venues!

The Handsome Family were the main act and they put on a great show, too. They were quirky – eccentric, even – and I think Brett Sparks and Sean Rowe are destined to star in a reality TV show on Discovery Channel which will inevitably be called (more…)