Monday, July 14, 2008


Jay Brannan @ 9:30

Thanks to the fine folks over at The Vinyl District, I scored tickets to see Jay Brannan at the 9:30 Club last night. Most of you are probably aware that Jay was featured in the movie Shortbus. Being the only homo on the planet who hasn't seen this movie, I wasn't aware of that until I looked it up. Anyway...

We got to the club about 10 minutes before Jay came on. We picked up our tickets, only to be surprised with a pair of those sticky VIP badge-things. That was very cool but we didn't really know what they were good for. We ended up asking our favorite bartender about them. She told us that those let us into the VIP balcony - the one that's usually roped off. I've never seen a show from there before - other than Blowoff, which doesn't really count. Excellent.

Jay came out and did the basic acoustic singer/songwriter thing for about an hour, I guess. Nothing revolutionary about it, other than him being completely open about his homosexuality. God, that's so refreshing. It's amazing how just changing a few pronouns or hearing a guy say "boyfriend" in a song can change everything. The percussive guitar playing combined with quite a bit of falsetto made him come across as a hybrid of Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell, singing songs with all the whimsy of Morrissey. His lyrics are so very gay and so very sad and so very introspective, you can't help but think they're done with at least a hint of sarcasm or irony. That just adds to the charm though. There were more than a few moments of eye-rolling, but mostly it was just very touching and heartfelt. Oh yeah - Then there was the cover of "Straight Outta Compton," which pretty much ruled.

Jay came off like he wasn't used to playing places this big, and his awkwardness was quite charming. Did I mention how adorable he is? Yeah, there's that, too.

Nice show. Good night. Thanks, TVD.

Well, hell - even I didn't know about the VIP pass! Happy to hear you had a good time...cheers!
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