I don’t usually do reviews of shows on this blog however I am allowed to change my mind, not only because it’s my blog but because I am a woman.
Last Friday night found me at the Rutledge on 4th Avenue. It wasn’t a show I had suggested but I often see things throughout the week that I may find more appealing or perhaps that would just fit my schedule better. I like to act as if I go out on the town every night but the truth is I’m getting older and earlier is sometimes better. This show started at 7 which was perfect for me this Friday night. I had seen the show announced on my friend Charles Alexander’s Facebook feed. Keeley Valentino is managed by Charles and I have met her and think she is very sweet. I was also interested to see Jenny Gill , yes because of her last name and also because I’ve heard her name around town many times and have never actually heard her band.
I walked in a few minutes after Keeley’s set had begun. (Side note the Mexican Restaurant next door has great food but don’t try to leave your car there without asking.) I had seen Keeley about a year ago at the Basement and I enjoyed her but perhaps because my head was not in it or for other reason’s I just wasn’t blown away. Friday night I was blown away. Her songs and voice were gorgeous. She has a great range and knows how to use it rather than just blow out every song at top volume. Her band was awesome and I was most impressed with the fact that she not only had a back up singer (I do not think singer/songwriter’s should be allowed to play this town without one – why would they not when we have so many great singers here! ) Tangent over…so not only did Keeley have a back up singer but she had Maureen Murphy, if you don’t know Maureen just go to the page I have linked. Overall really enjoyable set and she had a great audience show up to not only support her but really enjoy her show.
I stayed for a little bit of Jenny Gill’s set and really enjoyed her cover of Adele as well as her R&B style repertoire. She had an awesome band, which was expected. The house was rockin’ when I left and I’d definitely check her out again.
The Rutledge really struggles in the parking department, however I did find one because I squeezed my Smart Car in between a wall and a Cube but I would say, hands down, (what does that mean exactly?) The Rutledge has one of the best sounding rooms in town and probably one of the most honest and nicest owners I have ever met.