Carbon Leaf are a very fun band to see live. Their songs are great sing to along with. Take “Life Less Ordinary”, which they play mid way through their set. “Live a life less ordinary, live a life extraordinary with me!” It’s a joyous tune that is so catchy.
Even though they have been playing as a band since 1992, they still enjoy making music together. They have a very strong 90’s sound. The band is from Richmond, VA, the same city that Dave Matthews Band started in.
On this night, they use a lighting setup usually used in larger theatres like the Vic Theatre or the Aragon Ballroom. It gives the concert a bigger feel than the usually intimate vibe of the City Winery. Also, when the lights pointed directly at the audience, it is quite blinding.
Another great song that they play is “Let Your Troubles Roll By”. “When all of your tears dry, let your troubles roll by!” sings the entire audience joyfully. The lead singer uses a tin whistle, which looks like a large recorder. This adds an Irish sound to their music that suits them well. The lead guitarist also plays multiple instruments including the mandolin and the hurdy-gurdy, which is also known as the wheel fiddle.
Cost of a ticket: $40
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It +
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother
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