Those were the words on the sign on stage at the Dr. Dog concert a few weeks ago at the Riv. This time I got there early, funny what happens when you heed your own advice. The opening band was Saint Rich out of Sussex County, New Jersey. The place was only about half full and I cozied up in front of the sound booth, which is my favorite place to be at any show because it ensures the best sound. You hear what the person adjusting the sound level hears, duh.
The first song that this group performed was admittedly pretty awful. I was second guessing my decision to get there so early, but I had a great spot and knew I would enjoy the headliner, so I stuck it out. I’m glad I did. They ended up playing a surprisingly good set. They had this vibe that was very Queen-esqe. I’m not saying they were THAT good, but still. At times they reminded me of some early Built to Spill work with their guitar riffs and bass lines. It was a bit rock and a bit jam. The lead singer reminded me of my roommate, Jordan O’Donnell. He didn’t look like him mind you, he just acted like I imagine Jordan would behave on stage if he were the lead singer of a rock band, that is all. They played a solid set, got the crowd warmed up. They seemed genuinely excited to be there and the guitarist had some awkwardly funny remarks in between songs. You can check out Saint Rich here.
Then came the headliner, Dr. Dog. The place had filled up by now at this sold out show. The full stage was revealed and a drive thru type sign had the words “A couple of two tree dogs.” I’m guessing a homage to Chicago dogs and the engrained accent of our “locals.” I saw some pictures of this tour with the same stage setup and they had a different quote on the sign at each show, which I thought was pretty cool. They started running right out the gates. The crowd was awesome and the music was flowing. They have a jammy flow, but not too jammy. People were dancing and groovin and I found my self doing the old soft shoe. The harmonies were spot on and you could tell they were having a lot of fun. Overall it was a great show. I would definitely check out Dr. Dog if you are not familiar.
I’ll leave you with a track off their new album, B Room, called Broken Heart. Enjoy!