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A Most Witty Opening Act

Saturday night John Hiatt came back to the Barrymore Theater. He always puts on a great show, whether he's solo like last time, or with a 3 piece combo like the one he had on Saturday. If you've ever seen Hiatt in person, you how much fun it is. This week you would have had even MORE fun if you were lucky enough to pay attention to the opening act, John Sieger from Milwaukee. I got a chance to meet this songwriter before his set and was totally charmed by his dry wit and self deprecating humor. When he strummed a few chords backstage, I was taken by the pure sound of the guitar and was stoked to hear his short set.  But from my seat at the rear of the theater, I couldn't hardly hear him due to all the talking around me. Well, I thought, this IS the next to last row and at least there are tons of people pushed up against the stage that were listening to John Sieger and HAD to be enjoying themselves. Much to my dismay, I spoke with him after his set and he said people up against the stage were chattering away with their friends and not listening to him at all. This really bugs me. I wish people would show respect to the opening acts. Many times they have been personally invited by the headliner. Sometimes, it's a band's first appearance in Madison and we should welcome them warmly.I have been to many shows where the opening act was so good, I didn't care if the headliners even came out!  Remember, at one time John Hiatt was someone's opening act. So, for those of you who were there and missed him, this is John Sieger, a very good friend of Public radio's Michael Feldman, with whom he's written an album of songs together. Enjoy:

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07/19/2010 5:42AM
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I agree...John is a great songwriter and his band Semi-Twang is one of my biggest influences. His new band, Subcontinentals, is so great and we just saw them at a free show in Milwaukee a couple of weeks ago.....I highly recommend it...I don't understand why people pay money to go to concerts and then just talk away during the shows....stay at home.....
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