Last night I watched Joe Henry at a dinner/jazz club called the Dakota here in Minneapolis. The venue took a little while to get used to—I am a little weirded out by music needing dinner to make it an event—but once I settled in the show was really amazing. I’ve been really into Joe Henry as a producer for years but never really listened to his work as an artist, and now that I’ve seen him live I feel like I have catching up to do. It was a powerful show.

After the show I snuck towards the stage to say hi to and basically fawn over drummer Jay Bellerose, whose playing and general attitude towards music has been really inspiring to me over the years. I told him as much and the resulting conversation did very little to change that.

What I am trying to say is that last night was a pretty good night.