Flobots join Denver musician for his victory lap
Matt Morris brought his eclectic, powerful live show to the Bluebird Theater Thursday night in a concert that celebrated both the local singer-songwriter's exploding career and the scene that helped make him.
"I hope I never forget tonight," Morris crooned to the packed house after a set that included most of the tracks on his new album "When Everything Breaks Open," as well as guest performances from members of hometown acts the Flobots and John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light. He was addressing not just the fans, but dozens of his relatives, friends and former teachers who turned out to see him play. Morris gave frequent shout-outs to them, as well as the local scene ("People keep asking me if I need to move to L.A. now. I don't need to move. We have good music right here").
The show ranged from alt-rock ("Don't You Dare") to country ("Bloodline") to reggae and hip-hop (a reconfigured version of "In This House"), then wound back to Dylanesque folk subversion ("The Un-American"). The energy was incredible, with nearly constant shouts of "We love you, Matt!" filtering up from the pit and hardly any room to move, anywhere. A jubilant Morris said it best himself:
"I hope somebody has a Flip (camera). This needs to be on YouTube!"