It's just great to go out and see Patrick Park perform. He is so talented and there is no reason that he should have been playing to a half empty Spaceland last night. Like Duke, I have seen Patrick Park perform many times around town and agree that his debut album doesn't really do him justice. I have heard his albums many, many times and yet after seeing him live, I am constantly trying to remember songs to see if they are on any of the CDs or EPs I have of his. Last night was no different. He played half a set of solo acoustic and then brought out a great back up band to add some beautiful arrangements to old classics and some new songs.
I am really hoping his new album, coming out August 7, does him justice and makes Patrick Park the star he really should be. Some of the songs that have been in his live repetoire for a while are truly great. My favorites so far are "Arrive Like A Whisper" and "Everyone's in Everyone". The new album (this time on Curb Appeal Records) has both of those songs as well as some other gems. More info on the record here.
Patrick Park will be playing every Thursday at Spaceland and every Tuesday at the Living Room (NYC) in July. Definitely pencil it in, you will not regret it.