A Rowdy Night at Music Hall

March 31st, 2010

Lucero – Music Hall of Williamsburg – March 30, 2010

Perhaps the best thing about going to a Lucero show is knowing exactly what you’re going to get—a rambunctious set of everyman tunes that makes you want to throw your arm around your best buddy and buy another round. Last night’s Music Hall of Williamsburg show was no different. The Memphis-based, whiskey-logged Southern soul-punkers played a set in support of their current release, last year’s 1372 Overton Park, an album that impressively adds horns to the band’s trademark sound. Played live, songs like album-opener “Smoke” and “What Are You Willing to Lose?” and “The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo” all benefited from the brass section, making them much more rock and less country, leading to lots of dancing in the crowd. However, it was singer Ben Nichols’ voice that provided some of the best moments, as was the case when Lucero played album-closer “Mom” (a heartfelt reassurance that though they may mistakes, they were raised right) and the always highly anticipated cover of Jawbreaker’s “Kiss the Bottle.” —Kirsten Housel

Photos courtesy of Kirsten Housel