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Cory Chisel with surprise guest Norah Jones at 7th St Entry, 8/12/13

Cory Chisel with surprise guest Norah Jones at 7th St Entry, 8/12/13
Photo by Mark Kartarik

Cory Chisel, the Candles, Ariel Denae, and Space Woman
With special guest Norah Jones
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis
Monday, August 12, 2013

A small crowd gathered around the 7th St. Entry stage as the Americana-folk rock opening band Space Woman quietly began playing the first songs of the night. A plain white sign in bold said, "NO Flash Photography" at the side of the stage, and not even one song into the night somebody in the crowd used their flash. But, to the surprise of some, a First Avenue employee rushed over and asked the individual to cut the flash -- something that doesn't happen at most typical Entry shows. But this wasn't your typical Entry show.

At about the middle of Spacewoman's brief set, lead guitarist Pete Remm introduced a certain woman sitting at the keyboard singing backing vocals and playing violin. Her name was Norah Jones.


Jones was mostly quiet, didn't address the crowd, and remained focused on the performance for the night. After that introduction, the people standing in the back quickly started to fill up the floor in disbelief. Yes, they heard correctly, fans who came to see Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons would be treated to the sultry sounds of a Grammy winner, and so much more. (Note: Jones appeared on this tour last week. Chisel has opened for her in the past, and her bassist fronts Candles.)

After the first set, the crowd grew larger and seemed more attentive and engaged with the events taking place before them. All of these artists are wonderful musicians, and the crowd knew they were in for a special night. Candles played a rousing set and another surprise guest was waiting in the wings in the form of Gary Louris of the Jayhawks. He led Candles to the Jayhawks' "Save It for a Rainy Day," which set the festive tone of the night. Later on, Corey would exclaim to the crowd that Candles was Louris's favorite band.

Cory Chisel with surprise guest Norah Jones at 7th St Entry, 8/12/13
Cory Chisel with surprise guest Norah Jones at 7th St Entry, 8/12/13
Photos by Mark Kartarik

Finally, after all, fans did come to see Cory Chisel. He took to the stage and joined the Wandering Sons (who had already been playing most of the night in Candles and Spacewoman) to what seemed like a sold-out crowd. The first thing out of Corey's mouth was, "Do you think we all can get shots of whiskey up here by the end of the first song?" Adriel Denae, who also performed throughout the night interjected, "I'll take a tequila!"

 

Chisel and Co. paid homage and covered greats like Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead and called Johnny Fritz and Josh Hedley on stage at the end of the set to emulate Johnny Cash and June Carter's version of "I'll Fly Away." Yeah, Jones was there up there too for most of his set, and at one point, the other members left the stage while Jones and Denae remained to sing a beautiful duet of Jason Isbell's "Save It for a Sunday."

Cory Chisel with surprise guest Norah Jones at 7th St Entry, 8/12/13
Cory Chisel with surprise guest Norah Jones at 7th St Entry, 8/12/13
Photos by Mark Kartarik

What was billed as another rock show on a Monday night at the Entry turned into a collaborative musical extravaganza filled with surprise guests, whiskey, and confetti! OK, so there was no confetti, but there easily could and should have been. The crowd didn't seem to mind the lack of confetti and left the show buzzing into the Minneapolis night.

Critic's Bias: I am not a critic.

The Crowd: A nice mix of dress clothes with people who were booted up and flanneled.

Overheard in the Crowd: "I'm gonna pee my pants and that's all there is to it!"

Random Notebook Dump: This was one of the best shows I've seen at the Entry... and I saw Purling Hiss back in April.

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Cory Chisel with surprise guest Norah Jones at 7th St Entry, 8/12/13
Photo by Mark Kartarik

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