Last Sunday night my wife and I saw Rebecca Loebe in concert at Eureka House Concerts in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I first saw Rebecca Loebe in concert at The Blue Door in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I attended the Blue Door show because Smokey and the Mirror, Bryan and Bernice Hembree, were going to be there. I love their music and have been to concerts of theirs in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas.
The Blue Door concert was part of a live recording project by Goose Creek Music. The album that was produced was called Three Nights Live. The album was recorded in November 2013 at three classic listening-room venues in Texas and Oklahoma: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston, The Cactus Café located on the University of Texas’ Austin campus, and The Blue Door. Three Nights Live featured Rebecca Loebe, Smokey and the Mirror, and Raina Rose, along with studio musicians Daniel Walker and Will Robertson, We really enjoyed the concert and were instantly new fans of both Rebecca Loebe and Raina Rose.
When I learned that Smokey and the Mirror and Rebecca Loebe were touring together this spring and would be in Eureka Springs I was excited and made plans to attend. The day of the concert was rainy and gloomy but the atmosphere at Eureka House Concerts was warm and friendly. The concerts are in a beautiful old church and there is a potluck before the concert. Rebecca Loebe is an amazing singer-songwriter, but the best thing about her concert was her ability to make you feel like she was just singing to some friends of hers and by the end of the evening you really felt like you knew her.
This is a video from the concert.
I took photos during the concert. The church and its beautiful windows made the photos more interesting than the concert photos I am usually able to get.
Rebecca Loebe has been making music for over ten years. She quit her job as a recording engineer over 5 years ago to pursue music full time. Rebecca tours relentlessly, averaging 200 shows per year across the U.S. She has also performed in Japan and Holland. In April 2011 Rebecca was on the NBC television show The Voice. If she has a concert in your area I highly recommend that you attend. You wont be disappointed.
The Chicago Kid is one of my favorite Rebecca Loebe songs. It tells the story of a first time flyer who sat next to Rebecca on a flight to Chicago. He was on his way to get married. Here is Rebecca singing The Chicago Kid at the Eureka House Concert.
For a bit of an insight to the world of a traveling singer-songwriter who is making music their full time job, I will give you a bit of Rebecca's itinerary this week. Last Saturday night she was in concert in St Louis with Smokey and the Mirror. After the show in St Louis all the gear and instruments were loaded in the van. Then, as the back and final door was locked, the key broke off in the lock. With the key broke off there was no way to get in and start the van so they were quite stranded.
With no help available from roadside assistance, they decided to rent a mini van and drive all night from St. Louis to Fayetteville, Arkansas since Rebecca had the show at Eureka House Concerts on Sunday night. Even with all of the drama of the night before Rebecca put on an lovely show.
The rest of Rebecca's week is going to be hectic. Monday morning she was up and at 'em, driving 700 miles to Columbus, Ohio so that she could catch a flight to New Orleans on Tuesday, play a gig and attend a wedding down in New Orleans and then fly back to Ohio for shows this weekend.
On her Facebook page she says, "Who schedules this nonsense?!? Oh wait, I do… hope to see you out there! xoxo"
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