Here’s a bit of advice, whenever the Lodge Room puts on an intimate show with seating instead of standing room, buy a ticket no matter who’s playing is because satisfaction is guaranteed. I could tell Joep Beving would put on a transformative show just by seeing his face on a Lodge Room poster.
It’s rare I get to see compositions for the piano live, let alone get to review the shows and in this case, from start to finish, the music was beautiful, mournful, even celestial. A good compliment to the sacred feeling of the room. There was something blissful about every note and hallowed about every pause. After a solo performance, Joep brought on Acme Music, a group of four musicians one strings and brass to play with him and together they manifested some of the most powerful and emotional music I’ve ever heard, with swelling peaks and painful lows that brought tears to many eyes in the Lodge Room. Once Acme music was finished, Joep played two more songs for us, one of which was dedicated to his friend Stephen, who died in a freak accident at SXSW a few years ago and the evening’s closing number which saw Joep hitting the keys of the piano with incredible intensity, it sounded like a runaway train of emotion who’s impact we all happily embraced.
Words by: Rob Shepyer
Photos by: Todd Anderson