(PCM) There are some nights when I absolutely adore my job, as it allows me to experience the very best of the best in every genre of music in a live atmosphere, and I experienced such a night when attending the recent Asher Roth performance at The Barbary in Philadelphia, PA.
The vibe of the show overall all took me back to my early days as a concert attendee, when me and a group of friends would crowd into a small, dimly lit bar with everyone packed together like sardines and the artist performing was able to get up close and personal with the crowd as everyone comes together to embark on the same musical journey. Sometimes it is a shame that I have to look at that as being something different now, as I truly feel this is the way that music is supposed to be experienced.
As Asher Roth took to The Barbary’s tiny stage, all of those feelings rushed back to me and I thought to myself ‘this is real’. No outlandish stage production, no smoke and mirrors, just Roth and his band and believe me, that is all that was needed.
Roth and the band were giving the audience a taste of what’s to come by performing Roth’s upcoming new album “Retrohash” from start to finish and it was fantastic. The album is set to be self-released on April 22nd and Roth claims when speaking about the new album, “I made music that I would want to hear, music that felt good to me. We didn’t play by any rules and that makes me proud. There shouldn’t be any rules in making music. RetroHash is a genuine expression of the artist and person I am.”
The songs that make up “Retrohash” truly do show a different side to Roth and it is refreshing to see an artist that isn’t afraid to experiment and create an album that is a bit more out of the box than what you would normally expect. I like to be surprised and I feel that the fans like to be surprised and this surprise was definitely a pleasant one.
Thank you, Asher Roth for reminding me again why I equally love both music and my job.
See more of our photographer Ken Schuler’s images from the show below!