As a dedicated agnostic, I don't very often darken the doors of places of worship, but I am so stoked about going to church this Thursday night. Cause it's not just any church; it's Knox United Church, and I'm going there to see my man Hawksley Workman.
What a great venue this is going to be for a concert! It's a beautiful old building (well, old for Calgary anyway) right in the heart of downtown. It's got fantastic acoustics, having been built before the age of microphones when the preacher's voice had to carry to the back pews, it's got gleaming wood pews and altar, and stained-glass windows that catch the evening light.
I saw Hawksley at the Folk Festival last summer and he completely blew me away with his performance. Workman is a completely eclectic performer. He brings in elements of cabaret style, hard-driving rock, evangelical holy rolling, all with this enormous theatrical flare. He has a huge vocal range and an even larger stage presence.
I've always been a proponent of live performance; a live show brings elements to the music that you will never achieve on cd or video. Hawksley Workman cranks those elements up to the ultimate. I think having this show in a church will make me want to raise my arms up to the skies and throw my head back and sing lustily (just like I do when singing along with his song Old Bloody Orange)
The last musical performance I saw in a church was Handel's Messiah. I think this will be a completely different experience.