Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz make mellow music in Duke Gardens

Another Wednesday night brought more good weather mojo for the Music in the Gardens series. The rain moved out a little late, pushing the start time back a bit, but the show went off without a hitch once Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz took the stage.

The duo, who moved to to Durham from New York about six months ago, rolled through a folky jazz set, featuring some fantastic songs, starting with Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning." Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" was given jazz facelift, including some frantic, speedy guitar solos which it seemed Ganz wouldn't be able to recover from, but he always found his way through to the other side.

A favorite from the set was a funky version of The Cars' classic "Just What I Needed," which was given soothing makeover. Paul Simon's "American Tune" sounded incredibly strong, with McGarry's voice shining throughout.

As a nod to their new home, the duo played "It Had To Be You," dropping a few local references in towards the end, Locopops and Chubby's Tacos. They have clearly been pointed towards some fine local establishments in their brief time in the Triangle.

After leaving the stage for a moment after the closer "No Wonder," the duo returned to close the night with "Man of God" from McGarry's latest album If Less Is More... Nothing is Everything. It was a somber close to the evening, just like it closes the album.

Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz set list
Chelsea Morning
Let's Face the Music and Dance
Beneath a Crozet Trestle Bridge
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Aqui O
The Time They Are A-Changin'
Just What I Needed
East of the Sun
American Tune
It Had To Be You
No Wonder
Man of God

[all photos by Kevin Norris]

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