(Photos By Corey Regensburger)

An unseasonable cold Thursday November 20, 2014 was pleasantly warmed up, as John Butler Trio took the stage at the legendry Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY.  As a stop on the Fall US Flesh & Blood tour in support of the most recently released album with the same name, band leader/guitarist John Butler, bassist Byron Luiters, & drummer Grant Gerathy played a great set to get the good vibes flowing.

The band opened with “Cold Wind,” a song off of Flesh And Blood, and an odd choice to open the set, considering its harder edge and its low slow rhythm. However, it turned into a great segue for “Used To Get High,” an upbeat single that had everyone in the house singing along. John Butler Trio then jumped straight into some of the more well known songs from former album such as “I’d Do Anything (Soldier’s Lament)” and “Fire In The Sky,” which John Butler introduced by sharing where he was on 9/11 with the audience and discussing how different our culture is since that fateful day.

One of my favorite moments was when John Butler was on the stage alone with his 12-string acoustic guitar, playing “Ocean,” a 12-minute moving instrumental piece that could easily instill faith and hope in the most cynical audience member. After playing such a powerful piece, the band joined John Butler back onstage once more, banjo in hand, for a short “Hoedown” followed by the widely popular hit “Better Than.”

Because it was one of his last shows on the US leg of the tour, John Butler decided to change things up a bit with a lively encore. The crowd got down to “Get Funky Tonight” and “Livin’ In The City” to end the night on the right dancing note. Overall, it was a mellow show for a Thursday evening, but a very enjoyable one nonetheless. The Capitol Theatre consistently hosts great acts on their stage so naturally, John Butler Trio was worth the train ticket fare and the and time spent out of the city.

– Marisa Frydman (@musicalmarisa