May 30, 2014
The Kessler Theater
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Nolan Smith
Photos by Michael Insuaste
Good Music And Great Comedy Abound
The always melancholy and slow paced William Fitzsimmons puts on one of the most enjoyable and fun filled concerts I've seen in recent time. The self proclaimed "Meg Ryan of the singer songwriter world" has a contagious personality that kept the Friday night crowd at the intimate Kessler Theater in stitches, laughing and cheering on with their increasing appreciation as the show continued through a 26 song set list.
Highlighting the show was a few cover songs of Rhianna and Oasis lightening the heavy tone of some of Fitzsimmons more painful and heartfelt ballads. His encore was played acoustically in the middle of the venue with his 4 piece band.
For those who enjoy William's music, his live performances are a can't miss event. If you like the artist, you'll love the man. His humor and crowd interaction won over many audience members who may have been dragged there by a respective friend. The bottom line is, you cannot go to a William Fitzsimmons show and not have a good time. Come for the Comedy... stay for the music.
Opening artist and Canadian born Leif Vollebekk did a great job of displaying his wide skill set including violin, guitar, piano and harmonica. His one man band show was well received and is a great pairing to open for William Fitzsimmons.