In a little
café on the east side of Ithaca, NY, eighty-five people, some who weathered ten
hour journeys, gathered for an intimate evening with an old friend. The venue
itself set the tone for this most memorable event. The ABC Café, a vegetarian
restaurant and music haven, located at 308 Stewart Ave., was the scene of a
stellar performance given by Reid Genauer, singer/songwriter and former lead
vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the ever popular Strangefolk. After Genauer
left the band last fall to pursue other interests, his fans languished in
remorse waiting and hoping for the announcement of a solo date. On March 3rd,
their long awaited hopes became a reality as Genauer sang his heart out at the
sold out performance. After a much-needed break from a life on tour, an
energized and refreshed Genauer was back in the spot light and never looked
happier. With his guitar strapped in front of him, this storyteller sang tales
both old and new to a group of exhilarated fans who hung on his every word.
Twenty-eight songs in two and half hours, Genauer tore through a myriad
of intense tunes, taking the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions.
"Things That Fly" brought tears to a few eyes, while "Dance!" and "Side Step"
blew the roof off the place and brought people to their feet. The evening was a
reunion of sorts for Genauer fans who reminisced as Reid delivered classic
versions of yesteryear songs like "Poland", "Woman Child", "Westerly", "Pooh
Bear", "Valhalla" and "Rachael". The scope of the set list featured a musical
repertoire that clearly defines Genauer as one of today's most creative,
inspirational and talented singer/songwriters. Encompassing an already hefty set
list was the addition of "Borrowed Feet", a new addition to the classic
creations crafted by Genauer.
When all was said and done, eighty-five
glowing Genauer fans were treated to an evening they will not soon forget. With
a standing ovation from a jubilant crowd, smiles abound as Reid took a humble
bow and said farewell for the evening. Is Reid Genauer back? This Genauer fan
now knows that he never really left, and while his band of trusty followers are
preparing for his next solo gig scheduled for March 31st at the OPL in Syracuse,
one can only hope that this is the beginning of something