LIVE REVIEW: Bob Evans – Black Bear Lodge

Versatility is Kevin Mitchell’s biggest strength and with over 21 years in the industry he has learnt to express that in many different ways. One of the biggest comes from his solo project which he created the pseudonym Bob Evans to perform under. This was a massive departure from the grunge rock sound of his band Jedediah and showcases a lighter and more vulnerable side to his vocals with an alternative folk direction. His storytelling excelled through this new venture and made him become one of Australian favourite folk performers. To celebrate his longevity in the industry he has compiled a collection of his greatest hits and some of his favourite tracks with a compilation album appropriately titled ‘Full Circle’. To celebrate this release he kicked off a run of intimate headline shows in Brisbane at Black Bear Lodge. This rare and intimate gig saw long term fans pack the small venue for a 90 minute trip down memory lane. As he took to the stage, he jokingly started asking individual people in the crowd how they were as a commentary to how intimate and warm the gig felt. Kicking off the show with ‘Someone So Much’ and ‘Nowhere Without You’ he calmingly harmonised with his violinist and keyboardist who both joined him on stage. With festive red, green and yellow lights draped around his guitar he strummed through ‘Friend’ and ‘Don’t Wanna Grow Up’ before candidly telling the crowd about how 10 years ago he changed the lyrics of ‘Hand Me Downs’ for the live version after a crowd member at a show offered a better alternative. 

Because of the intimate setting and celebratory vibe of this tour, he wanted to try something a little different and solo perform a little song raffle. As everyone entered the venue earlier in the night they were given a raffle ticket and during this next portion of the show he would draw three tickets and perform three songs exclusively from his discography. He allowed the lucky winners to choose any song they wished and he willingly obliged. ‘Photographs’ was up first before ‘Bruises’ tested his memory. But it was the last request that he confessed he prepared for with what he admits to be the stupidest song he’s ever written, ‘Ode To My Car’.  

With the girls returning to the stage he launched into one of his favourite songs ‘Wintersong’ followed by ‘Sadness & Whiskey’ and ‘Matterfact’. As he took a swig from the bottle of wine that accompanied him on stage he jokingly admitted “You guys are getting a sophisticated and classy Bob Evans tonight”. With the very candid and relaxed vibe of the show it truly highlighted the singer-songwriter aspect of him as a musician. Songs like ‘Pasha Bulker’ and ‘Don’t You Think It’s Time’ created a very wholesome singalong before he wrapped up the show with Happy Tears’ and ‘Wonderful You’. Throughout the whole show he showcased his versatility as an artist and gave some really special little moments that made this intimate show a very calming and chilled experience. 

Check out the full gallery captured by Eliya Suparman Photography HERE;

Photos by Eliya Suparman

 

Bob Evans ‘Full Circle’ National Tour

Fri 19 Oct – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Sat 20 Oct – Leadbelly, Sydney 

Fri 26 Oct – The Gov, Adelaide

Sat 27 Oct – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth

Sat 3 Nov – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

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