Mayer Hawthorne: some of the discarded

29 Oct

Mayer’s performance on the evening of October 12th began with a bulbed “M” and “H” shining in the dark Firebird Music Lounge, and glowing signs that read, “Mayer Hawthorne and the Country” laid against the wall, opposite each side of the stage. Following the quartet of band members (dressed in red and zebra print), he stepped onto the stage, clad in a black suit, smart glasses and a pair of Nikes. Grabbing the mike, he introduced himself with a quick, “My name is Mayer Hawthorne and I am from Detroit.” The loose atmosphere of comfortable strangers danced with approval when he began to croon “Your Easy Lovin’ Aint Pleasing Nothin’” and they never seemed to stop their movement. Mayer performed samples of Snoop Dogg’s “Beautiful” and “Gansta Love”, as well as several songs from his album. He delighted his audience with witty banter, demonstrated a dance called ‘The Errol Flynn’ and introduced new music from his upcoming album. At the end of his performance, he moved off of the stage, but returned to deliver another song brought on by an ovation.

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