Setlist posted to Humans by Ramcey Rodriguez (the Cuban Hillbilly)
The Ironhorse is legendary amongst singer songwriters and fans alike as one
of the best
music clubs in the country. That's why it has always been a dream of mine to
attend a show
there in Northampton Massachusetts. As fate would have it, I had met a
friend, Fern, who lived only a 40 minute drive away. When I saw that Bruce
was going to play
there, I knew that I must fly from South Florida and join my friend for the
show. She is not on
Humans and had never heard of Bruce until I sent her his music about a year
ago. She was
excited to buy tickets and invited me to fly up for two shows.
The concert was NOT reserved seating and the club holds about 200 people. Both shows (tonight's and tomorrows sold out very quickly some time ago). As most of you know, it's VERY rare to see Bruce play a small club like this. And the Ironhorse did not disappoint. First and most importantly is the audience. QUIET, respectful, knowledgeable and INTO Bruce's music. (And I thought I was the only one! ;-) ) Among the throng of 200 was our own Jamie (the bird man) that I had hoped to meet. I did exactly that while waiting at Bruce's bus to get my photo signed. (Thanks Daniel !!) Jamie had brought his LP of "In the Falling Dark". A great choice if I do say so myself.
We arrived early to stand in line and got a front row table. People in line were very excited as we were. The doors opened at 5:30 and the show would start at 7:15 PM. The tiny club has a balcony that runs along the back of the club and along one side. The stage is small and backs up to the front of the club and the street that it fronts. While standing in line it's easy to hear the sound checks. The only negative of the Ironhorse is the bathrooms. Only 2, and down in the basement. There's almost always a long line when you get down there. At least they are coed so that the poor ladies don't have to wait forever to get to the ladies room. So men, women and even children line up and take the next available bathroom. One of the MOST fantastic things is that there is NO SMOKING anywhere in the club. It was so enjoyable to not have to deal with all the cigarette smoke for an entire show.
Bruce's girlfriend was in attendance as we saw them get on and off the bus together during the afternoon sound check. She is attractive, early 40's with short blondish hair. She seemed very nice as she politely made her way past those of us lined up early to get the best seats. The bus was parked on the street in FRONT as there is no back entrance into the hall. Bruce, his girlfriend and the boyz had to walk out through the mini throng after the soundcheck to go into the bus. Only a few of us noticed him and said a quick hi. He gave us the gracious Bruce smile and quickly shuffled onto the bus.
At 7:15 Bruce bound onto the stage with the boyz in tow. I was immediately struck by the thunderous applause and just knew right then that this was going to be a special night. Bruce, Ben and Steve were continuously surprised by the loud extended applause after EVERY song. You could see the guys just getting into the whole thing more on every song. Ben and Steve were amazing. No other way to put it! The challenge of Bruce's music has made 2 excellent young musicians into something to behold. Steve's bass work was superb. Ben played his heart out. Most of the time with a smile on his face, his eyes closed and singing along (like a fan would/no mic) to many of the songs. Both of them looked totally shocked at the audience response to their introductions by Bruce midway through the show. This was a special night and they felt it. I've been to hundreds of shows in my life, and only a handful where the audience was so into the music. It was incredible. No talking, everybody totally into every note. Thanks to the knowledgeable and respectful audience for making a dream come true for me.
The Fashion Report:
Bruce wore black pants, his orange short sleeve shirt with orange tee shirt underneath and brown snake skin shoes. I've seen Bruce a few times now, but never happier than tonight when he realized that he had the audience eating out of his hand. He kept shaking his head in amazement to the audience reaction to each song. Early in the show he stepped back and said something to the effect of : "wow, and this is just the beginning of the show" because it sounded like the audience was reacting to a final encore. As Bruce finished the encores, he looked out at the crowd and sincerely said "you guys have been incredible!"
What a night. Wish EVERY Human coulda been here. If tomorrow nights show is anywhere near this great, I will just not be able to believe it. Thanks to my dear friend Fern, for help making this night possible.