The title may be misleading, it is not what you may think, but to some not that far off. After seeing the great show the night before in San Bernadino, I knew a good opportunity could not be passed up to catch this show. A comfortable size crowd in attendance saw Phil in an intimate performance at the LIT Lounge at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA on Saturday, October 8th. Put on in partnership with 106.1 FM KPLM, this theater-style show provided a close up and personal setting for fans to see one of country music’s gifted artists. http://www.thebig106.com/ http://www.fantasyspringsresort.com/prod/index.php
Vassar is comfortable on any stage, large or small. He may not have the room to move around as much in a small setting but that does not deter him from bringing an upbeat fun time to his crowd. This was just about like sitting in ones living room without a set plan of what to expect. The show had no real set list, many requests were taken from the audience, such as favorites, "Carlene", "American Child", "Let's Get Together" and one of my all time concert favorites, "Joe & Rosalita." Ok so yep, I requested it, but I knew since this was just Phil, the piano & his guitar player Jeff (aka J Dog) it would be a great song that would show case the piano playing art that is Phil Vassar. I asked Phil if it was a challenge playing the song and he stated, "That song is always a challenge but a fun one."
This audience was a mixture of solid long time fans, newer fans and those who really did not know Phil's music. It does not bother Phil that people sit in the audience not knowing who he is. "That is ok that they don't know me coming in, but they know who I am going out. I love playing for everyone, and it makes me feel good to give them my best and hopefully make them new fans."
Vassar is busy these days since opening up shop, per say, with his own record label, RodeoWave. "I am very happy with my new label and how things are going. We are working on bringing in some label mates, be it newcomers or well known artists." He is not only busy in his career but this Virginia born native is the proud father of two girls, one of which is starting the teen years. "I have a little control on that teen stuff so far but not sure how long that will last," he laughs.
Phil has a busy tour schedule left for this year, no plan right now of slowing down. He has a first time new live CD to promote, which was sold at the show, and an upcoming Christmas album that is also a first time venture. I have learned through the years of Phil shows that there are many new people out there to meet who share the same experiences I do. This night was no exception. Thanks to Eva (who came in from Virginia), Nancy & Lucinda for sharing the fun..Oh and Kenny too. And thanks to Phil for bringing us all together. http://philvassar.com/category/news
I did not get any pictures worth sharing but I hope you enjoy these amateur videos: