JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

August 1, 2014
Granada Theater
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Nolan Smith
Photos by Matt Helton

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller Delivers A Comfortable Performance

Texas native Ben Kweller made another appearance at the intimate and always enjoyable Granada Theater in Dallas, TX. His loyal fan base showed up to a nearly packed house.

Opening act Amy Cook was enjoyable and has a very nice voice. I got the feeling that many people were not familiar with her work, however enjoyed it all the same. Her recent duet with Ben Kweller and appearance at SXSW is sure to gain her some notoriety.

With Ben’s parents in the audience he delivered a fun high energy show with his modest yet engaging charm we’ve come to know and love about the 33 year old folk rocker. Ben has produced arguably eight full length albums and another seven EP albums (some in extremely rare and limited quantities.

Kweller displayed his guitar prowess during several songs that turned into instrumental jam sessions with the three piece band (Drummer, Bass and Ben on Lead). Ben still genuinely seems to enjoy playing for his fans as much as he first did. For those who have seen him before it’s a quality you love to see in an artist that still relishes in playing some of the same songs adoring fans want to hear time and time again.

His 13 song set was capped with another six song encore, albeit 3 of which were just snipits of some of the most popular songs which was a bit of a let down. He brought Amy Cook back on stage to sing a couple duets including "Get to You" which is a song that features both artists on her album.

Set List
Commerce TX
The Rules
Full Circle
Gossip (sing along with crowd)
Hospital Bed
Penny on a train track
Mean to Me
Wasted & Ready
You gotta move (one stanza)
Check me out (one stanza)
Sawdust Man
Get it Right w/ Amy Cook
Get to You w/ Amy Cook