This past Tuesday night I dragged my husband down to Annapolis to see Sara Watkins in concert at Rams Head on Stage. It was my first time at that particular venue. It’s one of those venues like the Birchmire that I find very odd where you’re sitting at tables during the concert and can order food and drink from your waiter or waitress. I found it a little less terrible than some of the other similar venues I’ve been too mostly because the chairs were more comfortable and I didn’t feel quite as squished in, but it’s still terrible. Sitting at tables means that unless you happen to have the exact right number of people in your party you are going to be sitting with strangers. This introvert is not down with that. It also means that half of the people are going to have to facing the wrong way unless they shift in their chairs awkwardly. It’s just a really dumb set-up for a concert venue and I don’t know why places like it exist.
Our seats were right up next to the right side of the stage, which would have been great had there not been a piano on the stage blocking our view. I could mostly see from my seat, but my husband really couldn’t see much with the piano in the way. This was especially true for the opening act who happened to be a harpist and was thus sitting down on the opposite side of the piano. He couldn’t see her at all.
Speaking of the opening act her name was Mikaela Davis. It was definitely the first time I’ve ever seen a solo harpist in concert. I determined that harp music is just not for me. I thought she had a great voice and had written some really lovely songs, but the harp music backing them did nothing for me.
I’ve seen Sara Watkins a number of times before both solo and as part of Nickel Creek and the Watkins Family Hour. She is always a delight. She played a lot of stuff off the new album, which is understandable and fine with me since I really like it. She also played a Nickel Creek song and some of her earlier solo stuff as well as a few covers. Despite all the problems I had with the venue it’s a really intimate space, which allowed for some great back and forth with the audience. As always I enjoyed seeing her live. It was well worth the trek down to Annapolis on a school night.