So last night I drove into the city to meet Chrissy after she was done teaching her class and we went and saw Ben Lee at Irving Plaza. It's funny/sad, we used to go to so many shows a few years ago, but now it's such a big event that we both actually took today off. I can't seem to find the article online now, but Chrissy's favorite local columnist wrote a piece a while back about the difference between going to a show in your 20s and going to a show in your 30s that would have provided me with a quote or two to move this post along. Anyway, while we weren't the oldest people last night, the crowed definitely skewed towards the mid-20s range.
But Ben Lee, yes, good solid Aussie kid. We first heard of him when he teamed up with Ben Folds and Ben Kweller to form The Bens (duh) a few years ago. At the time Chrissy thought she was going to get into Kweller's solo stuff but it didn't really happen and it wasn't until recently that Chrissy really got into Ben Lee and became moderately obsessed, checking in on his website regularly, including his blog and he just started doing podcasts too. So when tickets went on sale for the Irving Plaza show for $10 (+ the always nebulous finance charges) it was a done deal.
Ben put on a great show splitting the set between the full band and just him and his guitar. He covered "Brick" by "the other Ben." Thankfully, no one threw a bottle at him. His rapport with the audience was spontaneous and came with an ease and--aww hell who am I kidding as great as Ben Lee was the real story of the night is that for the first five songs or so we were standing next to this guy! The f'in' MILF Guy from American Pie!!!
You can listen to Ben Lee songs over on his myspace page. Check him out.