Concert Reviews

Joseph Arthur Paints And Sings His Way into Fans’ Hearts

As he took the stage shortly after 10:30 p.m., Joseph Arthur searched for sharpened pencils and clean paintbrushes to begin his set.

“Where’s my broom?” he asked.

“Just use your sock!” a fan close to the stage shouted. To which Arthur replied, “I don’t want to use my sock. Come on! This is a professional show. What should we play?”

I covered Joseph Arthur’s set a few weeks ago for Hoboken Patch and was truly impressed. You can read my complete review here for more on the singer-songwriter-artist and his stripped-down set.

Song of the Week

Song of the Week: “Honey And the Moon”

Last night, I caught Joseph Arthur‘s impressive set at Maxwell’s in Hoboken (review to come). One of the most unique shows I have witnessed, Arthur painted at the start of end of his set, his artwork up for sale at the end of the night.

In addition to painting, Arthur looped drum, guitar, and harmonica alongside his vocals with the help of multiple loop pedals and took many eager fan’s requests shouted out to him. One of my favorites was his acoustic performance of “Honey And the Moon.” A beautiful ballad with descriptive and relatable lyrics, it demonstrates Arthur’s talent as a singer-songwriter.

Watch the video of Joseph Arthur performing “Honey And the Moon” a few years ago on the “Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.” To listen to his music, visit Arthur on MySpace.


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