Trampled By Turtles at the Ogden, 4/1/11
Photo Britt Chester
with Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps
04.01.11 | Ogden Theatre
The Ogden Theatre opened its doors at 8 p.m. last night to Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps with Trampled By Turtles headlining. With the temperature around 65 degrees and some bluegrass on the docket, it seemed like a promising sign that perhaps winter might finally be getting pushed aside by the smiling face of spring. Shorts-wearing folk fans held down the block, and the only fools on this night were the ones who missed the show.
The Ogden was packed by 9:30 when Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps opening up. From the front barricade to the upstairs back wall, it pretty much stayed that way for the remainder of the evening between set breaks and encores.
Photo Britt Chester Caroline Smith
Smith allows her voice to hang on each line, strikingly similar to the sultry Norah Jones, making sure to emphasize the right syllable in each word with just the right note, displayed beautifully in "Lack of Heights" and her closing song, "Denim Boy." The response at the end of her set was one of clear satisfaction from the crowd, but the slow repetitive chant of "Trampled By Turtles" was starting to slither its way from the front to back. Smith and the Good Night Sleeps closed, packed up and gave everyone a breather for TxT before heading back to her merchandise booth for a meet and greet.
Photo Britt Chester Ryan Young
Then Trampled By Turtles took the stage, opening with "It's a War," a fast paced jam showcasing Ryan Young's impressive staccato fiddle playing. Throughout the night Young's playing took center stage on several songs like "Wait So Long," which greeted with much applause and dancing.