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Stephen Kellogg Tour De Forty @ The FTC Warehouse

Friday night Stephen Kellogg rolled in for a home town show at the FTC Warehouse. I believe this was his first time playing the Warehouse, previously he had played the smaller Stage One next door.

Opening the show was Don Miggs. I may have gone in to the night a bit biased because my friends had said they saw him the night before and weren’t impressed, but I have to say that I wasn’t all that impressed either. I don’t think I have ever seen an opener mess up nearly every single song in his set – and admit to it. He later mentioned that he probably shouldn’t admit to it but that’s who he was. Which I can get, but if you’re playing to a crowd of people that most likely don’t know your songs you can just cover it up with a new lyric and no one would have been the wiser. (Although a few songs were covers so it was a bit more obvious if you knew the originals) Most of his songs were for his wife, which was sweet.

Then it was time for Stephen Kellogg.  He had a band of 6 backing him and it has been a while since I’ve seen him with a band and not just him and his guitar and I have to say there is a HUGE difference in his stage presence with a band than not and this show was a whole other level than any of the other shows I have seen from SK in the past 10 years. So much so I was considering going to the show Saturday night too, but it was just not going to work out.  I had seen SK6ers 25 times before their split and SK solo now 5 times since then and this has to be my favorite show of his ever. The show just seemed to go on forever and it was just amazing. I’m not sure if any of his shows after this will ever measure up (although I am sure seeing him at BTTI in January will be amazing for different reasons)

Stephen also called out some people in the crowd for not even looking at the stage.  There was a lot of chit-chat going on during the openers set, and I figured it would stop once Stephen took the stage so I was pretty surprised when it didn’t. Several years ago he had commented from the stage at a show about some drunk girls talking right by the stage but when I mentioned it to him more recently he said he mellowed out a bit as he was getting older – but I was glad he took the time to ask the people not even looking at the stage to either look or head somewhere else to do whatever they were doing.  I am not sure why people go to a show to not pay attention to the headliner but it is what it is.

Hopefully my next SK adventure will be the BBQ this summer!

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Throwback Thursday: SK6ers 11/1/08

Headliner: SK6ers
Opener(s): Clayton Senne, Pat McGee
Venue: Pearl Street
Cost: $21.50

Setlist:

 

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Throwback Thursday: SK6ers April 2, 2008

Headliner: SK6ers
Opener(s): Alexa Wilkinson
Venue: Toads Place
Cost: $20

Setlist:

Milwaukee
Maria
4th of July
Days
You’ve Changed
Wagon Wheel
Now I’m Not So Lost
Father’s Day
Hearts In Pain
Bus Song
Girlfriend As Pretty As You
Start The Day Early
See You Later, See You Soon

It’s Only That I Miss You
Thirteen

 

 

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Throwback Thursday: SK6ers 12/28/07

Headliner: Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
Opener(s): n/a
Venue: Fairfield Theater
Cost: $28

Setlist:

Start The Day Early
You Ain’t Goin Nowhere
Sweet Sophia
Baby Its Cold Outside
Fourt of July
Days
Now I’m Not So Lost
Bad Advice
Uninspired Gambling
Rag Mama Rag
Such a Way
Milwaukee
Satisfied Man
Nothing for Christmas
See You Later See You Soon
Amazing Grace

Recap:

This is one of the only shows I sat on the side of the stage at the Fairfield Theater for.  It was a holiday themed show, kind of, and SK6ers had some friends sitting in with them for the set.

 

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SK6ers 10/25/07

07-10-25

Headliner: Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
Opener(s): Tyrone Wells
Venue: Fairfield Theater
Cost: $25

Setlist:

Thirteen
Sweet Sophia
Maria
See You Later See You Soon
Fourth of July
Days
Satisfied Man
My Sweet Charade
Fathers Day
Hearts In Pain
Start the Day Early
Set You Free (Kyle)
Uninspired Gambling
Big Easy
Milwaukee

Recap:

This was my first show at what is now one of my favorite places to see a show, Fairfield Theater.  I don’t really remember much about this show and I don’t seem to have any photos from it either!  But I am fairly certain this is the show that Stephen told us after that they would be opening for Hanson!  (It was either this one or the one we went to just a couple months later also at Fairfield theater.)

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Throwback Thursday: SK6ers 7/10/07

Headliner: Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
Opener(s): None
Venue: Borders Books , Boston
Cost: Free

Setlist:

Amy
Fourth of July
Glassjaw Boxer
In Front of the World
Big Easy
Start the Day Early

Recap:

I think this is the first vacation day I ever used from work for a concert.  (Of course now, almost all of them are used for that!)  I had been asking my coworkers how to get to Boston and they had told me… and I ended up calling them asking if we saw the Statue of Liberty if we were going the right way or not.  I was of course totally joking but to this day they still swear I was not and got majorly lost.  (I suck with directions but not THAT much)

This was an instore performance and signing for the release of Glassjaw Boxer.

 

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Throwback Thursday: SK6ers 4/6/07

Headliner: Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
Opener(s): Jon McLaughlin, Matt Wertz
Venue: The Avalon
Cost: $20

Setlist:
Satisfied Man
Flower In Rain
Maria
See You Later See You Soon
Pedal Steel
Anthem of our Discovery
Start the Day Early
Wagon Wheel
Uninspired Gambling
In Front of The World
Now I’m Not So Lost
Such a Way
Thirteen
Time of My Life
My Sweet Charade
Days
Up on Cripple Creek

Recap:

This concert was an amazing one.  We hadn’t really known who Matt Wertz was before this tour (though we saw / met him earlier in the day) and we certainly didn’t know who Jon McLaughlin was before this tour either – but immediately fell in love. (It helped we were front row and he was practically on top of us for his set lol)  It’s crazy how young everyone looks in these photos!  But if there were ever another tour consisting of Matt Wertz / Jon McLaughlin / Stephen Kellogg I would be there with bells on!

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Stephen Kellogg Band at Stage One

Lately I’ve been trying to avoid concerts during the week because it messes with my being able to sleep a decent amount before work. (I know, I’m so not a rock star anymore)  However, there are some exceptions and Wednesday night that exception was Stephen Kellogg.  He is touring as the “Stephen Kellogg Band” as a part of the promotion for his upcoming album South, West, North, East.  Brooks Hubbard opened the show, Miranda Mulholland was up next with stand up bass player Zachariah Hickman.  The latter two also were part of Stephen’s band.

Brooks did a set of 3 songs. He is from New Hampshire but relocated to Nashville.  He had posted a cover of one of Stephen’s songs and Stephen wanted to know who this guy was that sang his songs with better pitch than him.

Miranda had teased during her set that Stephen plays a lot of songs about hope and family songs and that there was legislation passed that you can’t have a set full of just that so she was going to sing all the autobiographical songs about relationships that didn’t work out.

The Stephen Kellogg Band consisted of “South” – Zachariah, “North” – Miranda, “East” – Boots Factor (former SK6er) and “West”- Sam Getz (former SK6er).

The set started with Curtain Call, with everyone up around one mic.  I found that Zachariah and Miranda were a welcome addition to the band – who knew that what was missing was a fiddle and a stand up bass?

After Thankgiving, the band left the stage.  Stephen said “The band said they’d learn Thankgiving, but then they needed a break!”  Since they were home, Stephen was going to try something that had not been planned and he called backstage to see if his kids were still there. “A couple” was yelled back.  “A couple? I hope a couple didn’t leave” and then shortly after all 4 of his girls joined him on stage and he asked them to sit on the stage and he was going to tell them how much they were loved.  He started crying and had to turn around and compose himself for a minute and then did a medley of “Four Kids”, “Sweet Sophia”, “Oh Adeline”, “Noelle, Noelle” and “Greta Girl”, which are some of the songs he had written for his daughters.  Greta ended up having to leave the stage before her song came up because she was not too thrilled to be out there.  Stephen was also using a guitar strap that had S A N G on it – of course after this medley I realized the letters stood for his daughter’s first initials.

The band played from about 10 minutes to 9 until shortly after 10. It was a great set with a mixture of songs off the new album (that I have not yet listened to even though I got it early for backing the project through pledgemusic) and some older favorites as well.


Curtain Call
Wolf
4th of July
The Open Heart
Start the Day Early
Such a Way
Father’s Day>
The Bear
Thanksgiving
Four Kids / Sweet Sophia / Oh Adeline / Noelle Noelle / Greta Girl
Wallpaper Angel
Shady Esperanto
Almost Woke You Up
Gravity
Last Man Standing
E: We Say Goodbye
Big Easy (with Brooks Hubbard)

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Stephen Kellogg at Arch Street Tavern

Sunday night, Stephen Kellogg ended 2013 with his last show in Hartford, CT at the Arch Street Tavern.  This is a restaurant, not a venue so the seating was rather awkward.  We opted for a booth over a seat in the middle of the floor because we wanted to eat.  That meant I had my back to the stage and would have to lean around the booth to see the stage.  Opener Dan Mills took the stage at 8pm and I opted to not turn around for most of his set, but the sound was great and I did enjoy his set even if I couldn’t see him! At 9, Stephen took the stage and more people had showed up, blocking our view even if we did lean out of the booth.  Fortunately they ended up moving to a different spot and I ended up sharing the other side of the booth with my friend so I wasn’t twisting around all night.

Since it was a holiday run of shows – he did a couple of Christmas songs after talking about how creepy most of them are – noting particularly Santa Baby and Baby It’s Cold Outside. Then he did another creepy Christmas song – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. He had Dan come back to sing Winter Wonderland with him and Dan stayed on stage to do Start the Day Early with him as well.

Before Ingrid’s Song he asked if the bar could be quiet for just 2 minutes and then seemed to get a bit annoyed when while he was talking about the song and how it is for his mother in law and glasses were still clanking. Things seemed to calm down when he was actually performing the song though.

He talked a bit about how David Copperfield had been really inspiring to him on his latest record (which he said based on sales he knew most of us didn’t have it. oops! I keep meaning to buy it but then get distracted!)  Then he read a few passages from the book.

He ended the main set with Thanksgiving – which gets so much emotion behind it, it gives you goosebumps. The song gets more and more powerful as it goes on and it was just an amazing performance.

For the encore he did a couple songs and then moved out in the crowd and stood on a chair to do My Favorite Place. And he had us sing along.. and along and along. It was a great sing a long to end the night!

He mentioned coming back to end his tour in March in Fairfield so I am looking forward to that – as long as it doesn’t fall on a date when I already have a show. (His other dates are dangerously close to the weekend I am already booked up!)

Born in the Spring
Watch You Grow
Shady Esperanto and the Young Hearts
Lost and Found
4th of July
The Brain is a Beautiful Thing
Girlfriend as Pretty As You
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Winter Wonderland
Start The Day Early
Men and Women
Ingrid’s Song
(Copperfield Reading)
See Yourself
Diamond
See You Later, See You Soon
Thanksgiving

Satisfied Man
Gravity
My Favorite Place

 

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Stephen Kellogg Solo

While Stephen Kellogg has done solo shows in the past, I was never able to catch one.  However, Thursday night I was able to catch his Alone For the Holidays tour at my favorite venue – Fairfield Theater Stage One.

Opening was Native Run.  I had never heard of them before, but the moment they stepped on stage I knew that I was in for something special. Rachel came out and asked us all to check out her shoes because she’d be taking them off in a second.  After their second song, Bryan said that they were done and he was exhausted!  Of course, that wasn’t their last song but they were hilarious and so entertaining.  They sounded great in harmony together and Rachel has a wonderful voice on her own as well.  AND they even did an infomercial for the Water Sack Stephen was selling (or free with a shirt purchase) that evening.  I definitely give them two thumbs up!

Stephen is working on a new solo album, so a handful of the songs were new and he didn’t tell us what the name of the songs were.  So I made some names up for my setlist and we’ll see what happens there.  Usually the setlists get posted at SK6ers.com, so I’ll keep an eye there to see how close I was to being correct and will then update the post accordingly.

He started off with a new song.  I am calling it Heart of a Man. But I don’t know.  Then he said that he would do some older stuff for us too and did Roots and Wings.  During Fourth of July, you could hear a lot of giggling coming from backstage. Stephen has 4 daughters and no doubt they were all playing back there.  At one point he turned to look at the back and just laughed himself.  For the next song – he called the gigglers out on stage to be his special guest.  His 2 oldest daughters came out an danced while he sang Gravity.  So adorable.  They got a standing ovation.  Then he did 2 new songs – one I am calling Lost and Found.  The other he had us echo back “It’s Arlight” so I’m calling it that.  He also said that it was him singing a song he might get in trouble with and it was him being Andy Rooney.  It’s a very political song about his beliefs and how It’s Alright because it’s just what is in his brain and his opinion.

Then he went back to some older songs – 1993 is the song he wrote after his record label told him to stop being so specific with dates and events.  They thought if he was less specific, they could find more people to listen to him.  Personally, I like that his songs are all specific and personal and tell his life story.  Although I can see why the record label might not be too into that if they think that is what is hindering him from gaining fans.   Then he went into the drinking song, Start the Day Early.

Next up Native Run joined him back on stage for a Christmas song.  He said it was after Christmas but they always do a Christmas song on the winter tours so it was a tradition.  Rachel noted that some people celebrate 12 days of Christmas so we were good.  Stephen also teased that it was either the most racist of the Christmas songs or it was talking about how global warming would be coming.  They did White Christmas.  Native Run hung around to join Stephen for another new song – but he told us the title is Forgive You, Forgive Me.

Then he talked a bit about how on December 15th when he woke up he didn’t think any of his songs were good enough after the tragedy that happened.  He went through his catalog and found one that he thought would work and dedicated it to those affected by everything that had happened.  He was also wearing a green ribbon on his jacket which I can only assume was to honor those killed at SHES.  He then sang In Front of the World and next up was Satisfied Man and Milwaukee.

Everyone gave him a standing ovation and soon after he returned to the stage with Bryan from Native Run to do The Bear.  The last song… was interesting.  I wish I had recorded it.  I’m calling it Thanksgiving because that seemed to be what it was about.  It started off soft but as the song went on, he seemed to be getting angrier and angrier. The song got louder and louder and it just had more and more emotion pouring in to it.  It was quite the way to end the night!

Or well, I thought that would be how my night ended.  Except that on the way home, I spotted up ahead a tractor trailer that was SPARKING.  Everyone moved over to the far (fast) lane to avoid it, as it sparked its way to the shoulder.  The air smelled really bad and when I went by it, the driver’s side front tire was completely GONE.  I don’t know where it went, I must have missed it blowing off.  But that was definitely very scary and I am glad it appeared no one was hurt and all of us on the road were able to get out of the way.  Several cars pulled over right after it I’m assuming to call 911.

 

 

(setlist from SK6ers.com)

Men & Women
Roots and Wings
4th of July
*Gravity
Lost and Found
The Brain Is A Beautiful Thing
1993
Howl at the Moon
Start the Day Early
** White Christmas
** Forgive You, Forgive Me
In Front of the World
Tweets
Satisfied Man
Milwaukee

E: **The Bear
Thanksgiving
*with Sophia and Adeline Kellogg
**with Native Run
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