Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ HOB
With over sixty shows played and a new album, this year has been a win for Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Their fans are loyal and very laid back. The show at House of Blues in Dallas on Nov. 18 drew a diverse crowd, which allowed for great people watching and an easy time to enjoy the music.
The show started with the fast-paced “Cashbox,” heavy on the electric guitar and drums. Todd Park Mohr (guitar, harmonica and lead vocals) had the chance to let his guitar skills shine in every single song of the night. He gave each of the guitars he used its own voice. The musicianship that night was quite impressive. The audience’s appreciation was evident by the shouts of approval that filled the hall, blending with the riffs and harmonies coming from the stage.
The band set the right tone for the show. They were relaxed on stage and enjoying every moment. Hash Browns made the comment of how happy they looked to be there. And that’s the same thing I noted the first time I saw them live, just a few months ago at the end of summer. Todd, along with Brian Nevin (drums, vocals), Rob Squires (bass, vocals), and Jeremy Lawton (keyboard, lap steel guitar) were all smiles on stage.
Watching Brian on the drums was a great treat. He always brings out so much energy on stage, his hair following his arms all over the drums set.
The set that night included favorites like “Broken Hearted Savior,” “Please Don’t Tell Her,” “Bittersweet,” “Circle,” and “Rocksteady.” In the middle of the set Todd asked the crowd “What kind of music do you like?” and after laughing at his question for a moment, he explained how their music is influenced by so many different sounds. After that, they started to play “Beautiful Rain,” which finds its influences in Irish music. They also played material from their latest album, Rocksteady. One of those songs was “Fake Diamond Kind,” which had made its way to my favorite BHTM songs in the couple of weeks prior to the show.
The BHTM show that night had to have an awesome ending. And what better to please the fans in Dallas than a cover of “Folsom Prison Blues” to end the three-song encore.
After attending two great BHTM shows this year (and driving 5 hours for each,) I can only say I’m looking forward to the next one. Both shows have been awesome and leave me wondering why I’m always of the youngest in the crowd. I guess I just need to keep sharing them with my friends and see if that gets them to the next show with me.
Here’s the set list of the night, as always, for all the playlist-making souls out there.
Setlist: Cashbox, Conquistador, Boom Boom, Broken Hearted Savior, Fake Diamond Kind, Tower, Again And Again, Cruel Fate, True Lady, Please Don’t Tell Her, Love Transmission, Beautiful Rain, Bittersweet, Happiness Is, Beautiful, Blue Sky, Circle, Moose Song, Rocksteady
Encore: It’s Alright, Muhammad Ali, Folsom Prison Blues
– Café con Leche (@BOTcafe)