Evan Dando didn’t say much. In fact, I don’t remember him say anything at all to start the show. He played. A man. Alone. Playing his guitar.

Cornered so far stage right, if Dando had moved any farther, the concert would have been outside on Garden Street. Fortunately, for the remainder of the show, the Boston born musician stayed inside the shelter of Vinyl Music Hall as the elements of his music were exposed. Always close to the edge in life and art, Evan Dando doesn’t need to say much. Especially onstage with songs that speak for themselves.

For me, the concert began as Meredith Sheldon was near the end of her set as I entered Vinyl Music Hall. The fellow Massachusetts musician made for a perfect selection to prep the crowd for The Lemonheads.

Evan Dando finally began. Walking on stage, alone with his acoustic guitar. And thus began the night’s journey of the “It’s A Shame About Ray” Tour.

– Michael L. Smith

Link to an additional photo gallery of the concert by the GoPensacola.com crew.

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