Last night I passed up a chance to see the Foo Fighters’ secret show at The Troubadour so that I could hear Joseph Arthur live at the Bootleg Theater. Did I choose wisely? You bet your ass I did. The Joseph Arthur show was tremendous. The setting was intimate, with less than 100 people in the crowd. Arthur played guitar — he did a lot of looping — and was accompanied by drummer Russell Simmons, who destroyed a stick during the first song, “Black Lexus.” Arthur talked to the audience a lot, played requests, and when he ran out of picks, The Second Column’s own Mike Costantini pulled one out of his wallet and handed it to Arthur. The funny part — it was the same pick Arthur had given Mike at another show. Mike put it in his wallet and kept it there this whole time.
At the end of the show, Arthur sang “Honey and the Moon” while painting. I took some photos with my Blackberry, so that I could put together a very low-quality gallery of Joseph Arthur painting and singing photos. Here it is.