Jenny Lewis May 18, 2019, The Commonwealth Room

By: Kevin Rolfe

The moment I walked into The Commonwealth Room I could feel the energy swirling throughout the venue.  The buzz of excitement and anticipation was nearly tangible. The venue was sold out, and the audience was ready for the extremely talented Jenny Lewis to take the stage.  The photographers were given their final instructions and we were escorted to the pit in front of the stage. As I walked through the doors to the main room I as big a crowd as I’ve ever seen at The Commonwealth Room.  Once into the pit, I enjoyed a brief but entertaining conversation with some of the other photographers and a couple of people resting on the railing in the front row. But then that moment we all wait for when the venue goes black to signal the start of the show.  It’s one of the least spoken about moments in a concert, but the drama and excitement it provides creates one of my favorite moments in live music.

In a darkened venue we began to hear a familiar tune. It was Tommy Tune’s 80s gem “867-5309/’ Jenny” playing through the speakers as the band started to walk on stage.  I looked to a photographer next to me and we both smiled and stated how perfect that was. Jenny later in the show joked about it suggesting it was silly. But I thought it was pretty clever.

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The Young Dubliners March 8, 2019

The Commonwealth Room

By Kevin Rolfe

Photo By: Kevin Rolfe

The Young Dubliners and Salt Lake City have had a love affair that started from the early stages of the band.  Lead vocalist, Keith Roberts, mentioned a number of times how much he loved playing Utah, and how good Salt Lake City has been to the band.  He even mentioned playing two sets one night at the long gone, Zephyr Club downtown. The band plays Utah pretty much every year, sometimes twice if there is a festival involved.  Still they pack in a warm and friendly crowd no matter the venue. It was obvious the moment I walked through the doors that the audience was excited to be there and hear some Celtic Rock.  

Friday night’s venue was The Commonwealth Room.  This venue has existed just over a year, and it’s becoming one of my favorite concert spots in Utah.  It holds less than a thousand people so there isn’t a bad spot in the room. The sound is great. And so far they have pulled in great talent, which seems to bring in the best and most appreciative audiences.  

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