Bry Webb Vogue Theatre, Sackville NB, August 2

Bry Webb Vogue Theatre, Sackville NB, August 2
Photo: Stephen McGill
Sackville's Vogue Theatre is a single-screen art-deco movie theatre, currently showing Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Hercules daily at 8 p.m. A Bry Webb show two hours prior, sans his backing band the Providers, is about as far from that muscled-up visual effects monstrosity as you can get: it's small, intimate, breakable, delivered in hushed tones and most powerful in its tiny moments.

With Rich Burnett providing pedal steel accompaniment, Webb opened with Free Will's "Let's Get Through Today" and worked his way through songs from his two solo records like "Rivers of Gold" and "AM Blues." He performed his two songs about his son (absent due to a visit with his grandmother), "Asa" and "Fletcher," back-to-back and closed with a haunted take on Neil Young's "Albuquerque."

Throughout, you could see audience members leaning against their seats in the dimly lit theatre, struggling to stay awake. For most shows this would be a demerit, but here it spoke to the welcome, lived-in comfort that Webb brought to the theatre. One suspects The Rock didn't have the same effect later in the evening.

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