I have seen four Darren Hanlon concerts since I started writing here on WordPress. That means there are already three write-ups floating around the internet (#1, #2, #3). Do I want to write a fourth? Do you want to read a fourth? The answer to both of those questions is probably no. Therefore, I’m going to keep this one quick and simple.
Beth and I stopped by Tutta Bella for a pre-concert pizza. It was a nice evening, so we got a table outside. Beth saw Darren Hanlon come strolling up the sidewalk and enter the venue a couple doors down. I didn’t see him as I was too cool to turn my head. I did, however, see Lydia & Aaron Lavender standing on a corner across the street. I was about to run after them when I realized they were coming our way. We had a loud sidewalk reunion. It turns out they were also going to see Darren Hanlon. We ended up sharing a table with them for the concert. It was a big surprise and a lot of fun.
Here’s the setlist. Songs marked with an asterisk featured Shelley Short on backup vocals:
Main set: Don’t Cheat the Future/Happiness Is a Chemical/Electric Skeleton/He Misses You Too, You Know/2480 (the Simpletons)/I Waited For the 17/Butterfly Bones/Folk Insomnia/Halley’s Comet, 1986/Salvation Army*/The Duet*/Modern History*/All These Things*/The Chattanooga Shoot Shoot
Encore: The Last Night of Not Knowing You/Wrong Turn
After the show, we waited for Darren Hanlon to finish talking to his fans (including one guy who appeared to be dressed up as Darren Hanlon). We were hoping to buy some backup tea towels, but those sold out earlier in the tour. I think Lydia picked up a couple CDs, but Beth and I couldn’t find anything we didn’t already have. All we could do was thank Darren for the show. I’m not sure, but I think I may have awkwardly gushed about how “Halley’s Comet, 1986” is my favorite song of the year.
Here are some of the usual concert-related photos:
Also, thanks to Shelley Short for giving me the scoop on the second song she and Darren sang together. That’s the one where they sing about all the different places they could live and Shelley mentions wanting a good library. According to Shelley, the song’s working title is “The Duet”. They haven’t recorded it yet, but she suspects that Darren will give it a better title if they ever do.