The only hangup is the bar which is located in the foyer, separate from the theater. This is fine when checking out a laidback act like Po' Girl, but for a rock show it might be nice to continue watching the band and order your whiskey in tandem. It's a small detail that hardly detracted from the show.
Po' Girl's live set far surpasses their recordings which are still worth picking up. The Canadian group is fronted by principal singers/multi-instrumentalists Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira both of whom practically raised themselves, leaving home at 14 to travel a long, difficult road out of adverse circumstance. Judging by their stage banter, hard times continued throughout their early adult life including in Vancouver, the city itself leaving a bad taste in Russell's mouth. Of course, she wrote a song about it. Music is their sling-shot to better days.
Supporting member Benny Sidelinger - who like Russell and Teixera swapped instruments throughout their two sets on Wednesday. Guitars, clarinet, accordion, keys, banjo ... even a bonafide washtub bass. Drummer JJ Jones contributed to the easy, porch-swingin' chemistry that made Po' Girl such a joy to watch. For several long stretches I couldn't take my eyes off of Jones who resembled - and I mean this in the best possible way - a muppet dancing with her kit, her limbs orchestrated by invisible hands.
All in all, a great night. When we left, the kindly bouncer actually held open the door for us instead of just grunting farewell. Definitely check out The State Room before it closes down for the summer. If you have a ticket in hand for the April 18 Brandi Carlile/Angel Taylor show, consider yourself lucky. The event is sold out. Maybe KRCL will give away a pair as the date approaches? If not, look ahead to the 24th for Michelle Shocked. The complete lineup is available here.