Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

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Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez.

 

Late last Winter, a friend of mine played “Love Betsy” on his guitar. I thought it was the saddest, most beautiful song I had heard in a while. It was the first time I’d heard of Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

I didn’t think that by the end of the Summer I’d be at one of their shows, hoping to hear that song when BHTM played a set at Crossroads KC on Friday, Aug. 27. They didn’t play it, but the concert was still awesome.

Read the rest of the review and see more photos after the jump.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC
All photos by Café con Leche.

 

The mood at the show was laid-back and breezy from the beginning, just like the evening. BHTM played a two-hour set full of hits, as I learned later. But I didn’t need to know all the songs in the set to appreciate it. They started out with “Rocksteady,” title track of their latest album. Second came “Blue Sky” and then “Bittersweet,” one of their greatest hits. Talk about an awesome start, y’all!

The outdoor venue was mostly filled with loyal BHTM fans. Their excitement was contagious, and a lot of the enthusiasm spilled over from the obvious chemistry and passion flowing between the band members. The Colorado band is made up by Todd Park Mohr (guitar, harmonica, lead vocals), Brian Nevin (drums, vocals), Rob Squires (bass, vocals), and Jeremy Lawton (keyboard, lap steel guitar). They were all smiles, which made my camera really happy.

 

Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

 

The balance on stage echoed in the crowd, setting the right tone as they launched into a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden.” They followed with a hit of their own, rocking “Broken Hearted Savior,” (see if for yourself here). My heart went with Mohr’s guitar on that tune, but if you look at that video you will see Nevin rocking the drums in back. I watched Nevin all evening and he shone bright.

The crowd rocked especially on “Please Don’t Tell Her.” They followed the set with a three-song encore that ended the lovely late-summer evening. The show was a crowd-pleaser and I had such good time, that I might just need to catch their performance in Tulsa in a couple of weeks.

Maybe they’ll play “Love Betsy” in Tulsa, if I’m lucky.

Here’s the setlist of the night, for your playlist-making pleasure.
Rocksteady > Blue Sky > Bittersweet > Spanish Highway > Dinner With Ivan > Again And Again > Beautiful Rain > Smokestack Lightnin’ > Beautiful > Vincent Of Jersey / Leaving Song > Beast of Burden > Broken Hearted Savior > Fortune Teller > Please Don’t Tell Her > Boom Boom > Her Own Kinda Woman > Circle.

Enjoy the rest of my favorite photos of the night.

 

Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

 

 

Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

 

 

Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

 

 

Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

 

 

Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

 

If you can’t get enough of the photos, you can always see the full set.

Ciao, loves!
– Cafe con Leche