The Songs and Stories Tour swung by the City Winery last week. The tour features Art Alexakis of Everclear, Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne, Max Collins of Eve 6, and John Wozniak of Marcy Playground. Each artist played a solo set, with the group playing between set changes. There were no gaps in the show, meaning there was a pretty full night of music packed into a short 2 1/2 hour time frame.
After the first few songs with the group, John Wozniak came out for his set. Although claiming he wasn’t at all good at the “stories” he did participate. He talked about his song Poppies, about the Opium Wars, and how a professor used it in his class. And how it wasn’t particularly well fact checked.
After a song with the whole group, Max Collins took the stage. His set included a conversation about Curtain, and how it’s about his fear that he wouldn’t be able to continue in music after getting sober.
Again came a song with the whole group and out came Chris Collingwood, who did an amazing set. These guys are big fans of each others music, and you’d see them hanging out on the side of the stage watching each other. One highlight of Chris’ set was when Wozniak came out to urge the crowd on during Stacy’s Mom with his awesome dancing. When I say it was awesome, I mean to say it was awesome that he had the guts to get out there and dance the whitest white-boy dance that I have ever seen. (It’s OK for me to say that because I am a closet white boy dancer too.)
Again with a song from the whole group and Art came out for his set. He talked about Wonderful, and his somewhat complicated love life. And Sunshine off the new album written for his wife, as well as others.
They finished up with a cover of The Weight by The Band. A great ending to a great night of songs and stories. (not to mention the dancing)