Posted by Ryan Chase on 11/05 at 03:24 PM
Singing about everything from heartache to sprawling sea voyages, Kris Kehr went solo, rose above the relative festivity of Halloween night, and captured the attention of everyone at Zeno’s.
The bar was packed. Skeletons, chickens, zombies, and Avatar characters watched from bar stools and tables. Bartenders frantically fluttered from side to side pouring drinks and cracking open bottle tops. I settled in behind Snookie from the Jersey Shore and adjusted my costume. Scanning the crowd, Kehr was clearly amused. At times, he valiantly struggled to suppress his laughter.
Before the show, the crowd was predictably loud and rowdy. However, once Kehr spoke into the microphone—revealing a tough, husky voice—the noise ceased and Kehr began. He started off with “The Highway,” a catchy, pop/country mash-up that effectively set the tone for the rest of the evening.
The next song, “I’ve Been All Around This World,” followed in the same vein as the previous number. This marked a reoccurring motif in Kehr’s set. At first, it was fresh and vibrant, but as he progressed, the songs began to run together. The music wore out its charm and became a bit stale. The show picked up towards the end, however, as faster and more varied songs entered the rotation. These included such numbers as “Endless Rain.” But by then the crowd was drunk and phasing out the attention they once focused on Kehr.
After an hour and half, Kehr wished the audience a good night and left with a smile on his lips while navigating through the masquerade. Snookie slapped him lucidly on the back as he walked past.
It was a good show overall. Kris Kehr is not a showman, by any means. Nor is he a shut-in who refuses to interact with the crowd. More than anything, he is a musician focused on his music and is worth the listen.
Kris Kehr returns to Zeno’s Sunday, November 7th at 9pm.
For information, future concert dates and more, check out his official page: Kris Kehr.
Author: Ryan Chase
Bio: Ryan Chase is a senior at Pennsylvania State University, majoring in English and Sociology. In his free time, he enjoys writing, reading, woodcarving, and playing the guitar. Outside of most rap and opera, he listens to every type of music, but he prefers classic rock and jazz. His favorite artists are Robert Johnson, Heatmiser, and Minor Davis & the Fuzzy Slippers.
Most recent entries
- Ring in the New Year with Katie Herzig’s Latest Album, “The Waking Sleep”
- 2013 Will Be Ellie Goulding’s Year
- Penn State’s Movin’ On music festival announces MGMT as the Headliner
- Asher Roth and The White Panda Bring The Party at Alumni Hall Last Friday
- Album Review: Nicki Minaj’s Revamped Album - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up
- Asher Roth and The White Panda are Bringing the Party to Penn State TONIGHT (12/7)
- ‘Tis The Season! Some Songs to Put You in the Holiday Spirit
- The Party Girl Is Back: Ke$ha’s Latest Single, “Die Young”
- Album Review: Delilah’s Debut Album “From The Roots Up”
- More Music to Discover Over the Holiday: Flight Facilities
- Album Review: Matt & Kim Release Thunderous New Album, “Lightning”
- Marina and the Diamonds’ Latest Single Gives a Guide To Breaking Hearts
- The UK’s Latest and Greatest: Emeli Sandé
- Springsteen and his E Street Band Rocked The BJC
- A Slice of Jamaica: The Toots and the Maytals at The State Theatre, 11/5/12 - A Review
- Stephen Smith
- Alexandra Voigt
- Chelsea Sweithelm
- Nathan Etter
- Charlee Redman
- Natalie Plumb
- John Hendrickson
- Michael Giannelli
- Carly Mallenbaum
- Ryan Chase
- Pat Baxter
- Marcus Correll
- Aaron Wynne
- Mike Hobson
- Samantha Hatfield
- Brian McFarland
- Lindsay Carolla
- Johnny Chadwick
- Devin Weakland
- Ryan Kappy
- Stephanie Williams
- Christopher Will
- David Porter Callanan
- Matt D'Ippolito
- Karen Marchuska
- Rachel Garman
- Brittany Barth
- Mike Moynahan