Josh Rouse w/ AM @ Turner Hall Ballroom
May 28, 2010
Rouse’s wide-ranging sound isn’t
surprising considering the many places he’s lived. He moved around the Midwest
and the United States before
settling in Valencia, Spain.
Rouse was the first headliner to play
the Turner Hall Ballroom three years ago, and seemed pleased to be back,
smiling and having a blast onstage as he jumped around his multidimensional
He opened the night with a taste of his
current musical destination, with a sweet, beautiful version of “Duerme,” one
of the songs sung in Spanish from the singer’s latest album, El Turista. Even for those who couldn’t
understand the lyrics, the music and romantic way he sung the lyrics quickly
cast a sense of intimacy. A number of the songs from the set came from that
album, including the popular “I Will Live on Islands” and “Lemon Tree,” but the
night featured a diverse sampling of his catalog with songs like “Flight
Attendant,” “Winter in the Hamptons” and the aptly named “Summertime.”
For most of the night the crowd sat
around candlelit tables in the comfort of their chairs, admiring Rouse’s
sweeping melodies, until the singer invited them to come closer to the stage to
dance. Many in the crowd took him up on the opportunity, passionately swaying
their hips and arms in tune to the music.
Rouse gave a moving encore, providing a
solo version of “Carolina”
and performing his popular song “1972” with a pianist. Then his full band brought
the party full force with “In the Nighttime,” joined by the drummer for openers
AM on tambourine.
Touring behind their recent Future Sons & Daughters, AM provided sublimely groovy and catchy ’70s-like melodic pop/soft rock that also hinted at Paul Simon.