Thao and the Get Down Stay Down: Live in Toronto!

March 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm (Uncategorized) ()

It’s been a couple of months since I was at Lee’s Palace. Lee’s is one of those places where if it’s not full, it seems empty. That said, even though the bar was only about two-thirds full last Wednesday to see Thao and the Get Down Stay Down  along with Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, it felt as if they place was the site of a big party.

Sallie Ford

Sallie Ford comes from Portland, Oregon. Their new album, Untamed Beast, is the band;s second, and is well worth your dollars. The band took the stage about 9PM and for the next fifty minutes led us through songs which ranged from rockabilly to ballads and everything in between. Modest in stage manner, they quickly own over the crowd with unpretentious, straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll.

Headliner Thao and the Get Down Stay Down came on at 10:15. If Sallie Ford was relatively stationary, Thao was the opposite. She never stood still. Bopping and bouncing round the stage while performing songs from her new album We the Common.


Thao’s set lasted about an hour, but within a few minutes both bands were back on stage to perform a cover of the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and then they were gone.

There’s quite a contrast. Sallie Ford the rock ‘n’ roll traditionalist; Thao Nguyen the eclectic. However, both bands put on shows which quietly but effectively pulled in the audience and left us with a warm feeling as we went out into the unseasonably cold night.

Be My Baby

Encore! Encore!



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