Sunday, April 18, 2010

Citizen Cope Reflection

On April 10th 2010 I had the wonderful opportunity of seeing Citizen Cope at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Cope is an alternative folk musician hailing from Brooklyn. He has been releasing albums since 2002, and his latest effort Every Waking Moment, peaked at number 69 on the US charts in 2006. The doors opened at 8pm, and the infectious singer songwriter Sandrine opened up the show. I was personally not familiar with much of her material, until she played the hit single “Where Do We Go”, which was featured in the feature film Last Chance Harvey. Her style is clearly pop music, but with some interesting alternative and folk influences, similar to that of Regina Spektor or KT Tunstall. Then after a short intermission, Clarence Greenwood, more commonly referred to as Citizen Cope, took the stage. During the set, Cope played some of his more famous pieces such as “Bullet and a Target”, “Let The Drummer Kick”, and “Sideways”, which was recently featured on the hit television show Scrubs. In retrospect, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Citizen Cope was able to seemingly create a relaxed reggae show atmosphere, while still being very engaging with his sharp lyrics and catchy beats.

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