Carbon Leaf Show Review: The Social, Orlando FL
On Thursday night, Orlando’s Social became headquarters for the near annual Carbon Leaf family outing. When this Richmond quintet comes to town, their loyal fans ooze through the woodwork and fill the cozy Social for a night of familiar and comfortable rock ‘n roll. This year’s visit was highlighted by stellar musicianship, familiar indie rock hits and a few nicely timed surprises.
The band is sporting significantly more facial hair than they did on their last visit, but otherwise, it’s still the same engaging, entertaining band, and their fans loved every second of their hour and forty-minute set. The crowd was involved from the opening notes of “Miss Hollywood” through the final closing of a rollicking “Let Your Troubles Roll By.”
There were plenty of singalong moments from a crowd that was eager to stretch their vocal chords. We heard them chiming along in fine form on “What About Everything?” “One Prairie Outpost,” “Any Given Day” and a boisterous “She’s Gone.” The band appeared to be having a blast playing to the crowd all night, with guitarist Terry Clark playing with a near constant smile plastered on his face and all five members seeming to be relaxed and in their element.
The appreciative crowd gifted the band members with drinks during the set. At one point, front man Barry Privett offered a poignant toast to the 49 lost souls at Pulse Nightclub, before kicking into a nice version of “Life Less Ordinary.”
Throughout the night, they delivered a typically diverse setlist, but I think Carbon Leaf truly shined on their more uptempo songs. “Seven Brides for Seven Sinners,” “Ghost Dragon Attack” and “The Donnybrook Affair” all had the crowd pulsing with the music and singing along merrily.
The highlight of the night for me was a visceral rendition of “Desperation Song” which featured Privett on flute and Carter Gravatt on guitar throughout the dark and aggressive track.
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As the set neared conclusion, the band slipped into a slick cover set. They kicked things off with a remarkable version of The Rolling Stones “Miss You” that truly sounded better than the Stones’ version. They drifted right into tunes from The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd in an enjoyable fifteen minute journey through rock ‘n roll history that spotlighted Gravatt’s sharp guitar work.
They closed the set powerfully with a two song encore of “She’s Gone” and “Let Your Troubles Run By” before sending their thoroughly satiated fans out into the warm Orlando night.
Kudos to Canada’s The Trews who opened up the night with an excellent “acoustic set.” The four talented band members sat on stools throughout and played acoustic guitars, but it was a roaring good time. It was my first exposure to the band and their first trip to Orlando, but I’m already looking forward to their next fully unplugged visit. Check back soon, because we’ll be sharing a photo gallery from their set here this week.
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