After a planned month off, the Exposé Series began again in July with concert number eight, now moved to Saturday, based on the better attendance of the last two shows.
Tesseract is a five-piece of violin, dual keyboards, bass and drums from Palo Alto, CA. The band opened with 'Heisenberg's Daughter' from their recently released self-titled debut CD, after which they offered a cover of 'Firth of Fifth', with violinist Karen Bentley handling all of the guitar parts. After a couple more originals, they covered 'Allegro Assai', the third movement of Bach's 'Violin Concerto in A minor', followed by several more numbers from their CD. Keyboardist Don Tillman handled vocals, yet the bulk of the band's material is instrumentally oriented. Later it was learned that this had been the band's very first gig.
Enchant came on around 11pm; this would by their first appearance in almost three years, and the crowd was definitely ready for them. The band played a long set, drawing from their albums 'Blueprint Of The World' and 'Wounded', as well as their newly released CD 'Time Lost.' Guitarist Doug Ott and drummer Paul Craddick are simply two of the best musicians the Bay Area has to offer, and both were in fine form. The entire band seemed to be having an especially good time, finally back on their home turf playing to such a receptive group of fans. Anyone who has been somewhat underwhelmed with the band's studio releases really needs to see them live to understand and appreciate what they're all about - maybe it's time for a live album. Needless to say both the band and the crowd were energized.
Things finally stared winding down around 1:15am, after record setting attendance for this series - nearly 240 this time! And so the series soldiers on·- August will feature L.A. band Stormkro, and shows for September and October are already being planned.