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The Someday Tour

(Eliot Morris, Griffin House, Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz)

Schuba's, Chicago, IL

April 26, 2004


When I found out that Eliot Morris was coming to Chicago, I must admit that I was quite giddy.  I first heard of Morris after he opened for Glen Phillips in 2003, and then supported Matt Nathanson earlier this year.  I was immediately a fan.  Having experienced his live show before, I knew I would enjoy Morris's performance.  However, not being familiar with the other artists on the bill (Griffin House, Dave Barnes, and Matt Wertz), I wasn't certain what to expect from the Someday Tour.


Eliot Morris


Well, what I got was a lot of fun.  Schuba's was packed for this all ages show, not surprising given the popularity Matt Wertz and Dave Barnes in Chicago.  The show began with Eliot Morris.  He started out mellow, opening with 'Infancy of Us,' a trademark song of his dealing with relationships.  While a lot of the audience did not know his music at the beginning of the song, most of them were hooked by the end of it.  He then proceeded to play two more songs solo, including 'No One Has to Know,' one of my favorites.


Morris was then joined on stage by Matt Wertz, who also played three of his songs.  He definitely was more rockin' than Morris and provided a new energy to the laid-back songs Morris played.  Having played Chicago many times before, he had a strong fan-base at the show were excited to see him there, singing along to all three of his songs, including 'The Day Forever Died.'


Griffin House, Dave Barnes, and Matt Wertz


Next on stage was Dave Barnes, whose fans were more than willing to help him sing, especially during 'CrazyBoutYa,' his audience participation song.  It was immediately apparent that Barnes and Wertz had played together many times before.  Not only did they play off of one another musically, the duo also provided the comedy relief for the evening as well, joking with one another and sometimes struggling to keep a straight face during the quieter songs.  Musically, however, I was somewhat disappointed with both Wertz and Barnes.  While I generally really dig male singer/songwriters, I wasn't really into them.  I thought their lyrics were predictable and the music was somewhat uninteresting.   However, given the crowd reaction, I was definitely in the minority in that opinion.


The last person up, Griffin House, was the biggest surprise for me.  Not only did he look nothing like what I was expecting (the picture I had seen of him was obviously a few years old), but his voice blew me away.  He opened his set with the entertaining story of 'The Way I Was Made,' an interesting account of how he came to be.  He had no problem getting the audience to sing along to this fun ditty.  He then continued to wow us with more thoughtful lyrics and beautiful acoustic guitar, particularly during the heart-felt 'Tell Me a Lie.'


At the conclusion of House's set, the guys then began to play in-a-round, with each performer playing one song while the others backed him on guitars and vocals.  The highlights included Morris's 'Anyway,' Wertz's 'Marianne,' House's 'Volkswagon,' and a cover of Bob Marley's 'No Woman, No Cry.'  The evening concluded with the guys playing a rendition of Marc Cohn's 'Walking in Memphis,' quite appropriate since all the performers have lived in Tennessee at some point.   After being cheered back to the stage for an encore, the guys sang Tom Petty's 'Free Falling' and a new song from Morris, 'Different to Me.'


Eliot Morris and Griffin House


In the end, I left the Someday Tour with a smile on my face.  I had a 'new find' in Griffin House and got to see Eliot Morris, all at the same show.  Morris and House are the type of musicians I could see and listen to over and over again.  With amazing voices and supremely crafted songs, there is hope for the next generation of male singer/songwriters after all.