Review: Bob Schneider @ Madison Square Park
I had never heard of Bob Schneider until last week, but he’s a big name on the Austin music scene. Lucky for me, the Austin music scene took over Madison Square Park this past weekend during the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. So I got to hear Bob Schneider play live, which I would now recommend to anyone, even if this means you have to travel to Texas to do so.
Prior to the performance, I knew two things about Bob Schneider. He has a song called “40 Dogs (Romeo and Juliet)” and he dated Sandra Bullock. The second fact is pretty irrelevant, but hearing the first proved to be enough to get me to his concert on Saturday. Schneider plays some very catchy rock songs, and managed to include many sing-along moments into his set. The crowd was really into it, and I’m sure Schneider’s performance made up for the fact that they had just spent forty-five minutes in line for a serving of pulled pork and and side of beans. And I have to add that it was quite refreshing to go to a free concert that did not involve waiting in line to get in.
Both Schneider and the crowd seemed to be having a good time, and much to the crowd’s delight he even came back out for an encore. Some audience members were mouthing the words, so he clearly has a New York following, but I think he gained a lot of new fans as well. The songs varied, and some were quite funny, but they were all sort of a mix of funk/rock/pop. I was impressed that he even worked in a song with the words “veggie burger” in it. This is especially ironic considering the food choice of the day: BBQ—including beef brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and sausages.
It didn’t take long for Schneider to warm up to the crowd, and they were all dancing by the end. It was a really fun show, and I got to pretend that I was in Austin for the afternoon. While Schneider was fun to watch, it was hard to ignore the strange outfit worn by one of his band members. How one plays the accordion (or trumpet or tuba—as he did later) with gloves on is beyond me. See for yourself:
More photos from the day:
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