Omar Rodriguez Lopez is one of Alex’s favorite musicians. He’s best known for his work as a composer, guitarist and producer of The Mars Volta, a progressive rock band. According to wikipedia, “he has cited Crimson’s Robert Fripp as an influence, as well as jazz fusion guitarists John McLaughlin and Jimi Hendrix.” In addition to his work with The Mars Volta, he’s released several solo albums as the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group.
We were lucky enough to get tickets to their show last night at the Highline Ballroom.
Highline ballroom is on the westside of Manhattan, in Chelsea. It is a small, intimate space without being too crowded or loud. They also have several tables along each side of the stage and in the balcony. We got there with plenty of time to snag a table right at the end of the balcony.
Please forgive my photos. I only had my iPhone with me and as you can imagine, the lighting was very low. At least the shot above gives you an idea of our view for the night.
Since we got inside almost an hour before the show started, we had time to order some dinner.
I went with a classic; grilled cheese and tomato soup. Perfect comfort food for this
spring weather bitter cold that New York hasn’t been able to shake (ps… for all you New Yorkers out there, they’re calling for snow on Friday. Yes, snow!).
This meal really hit the spot! The tomato soup was so rich and creamy. It was so much more satisfying than regular old Campbells. And the grilled cheese was perfect. The bread was lightly buttered and toasted just right. The melty cheese and toasted bread paired nicely with the rich tomato sauce. I definitely dunked my sandwich in the soup more than once!
Alex had the Kobe skirt steak. He was also very happy with his dish.
Around the time we finished our entrees, the opener, Zechs Marquise, started. Omar’s brother is the bassist of Zechs Marquise. You can check out their music here. Their set had a great beat. Alex put it best when he said that their music is very “accessible”, meaning it is appealing even to those who don’t know it. I certainly fall in that category as last night was the first time I’d heard them.
As the show went on, we decided to get a few small bites to share.
We choose the assorted cheese plate, the spring rolls, and fried mozzarella sticks. I only nibbled on a each since I had my eye on the ultimate prize; flourless dark chocolate cake with cappuccino crunch ice cream.
Wow, this cake was decadent! It was so moist and instantly melted in your mouth. The cool cappuccino crunch ice cream was a great compliment to the warm, velvety chocolate cake. The flavors came together so well! Needless to say, between the two of us, this lasted less than five minutes 🙂
After we demolished dessert, the group came on! The show focused mainly on the latest work of the group along with the accompaniment of Cedric Bixler-Zavala, also from The Mars Volta.
We had such a good time. I love going to concerts because it’s nice to be exposed to new music and I LOVE to people watch. The crowd at a concert is like no else! Last night was no exception. Not only was the music enjoyable but the food was delicious and the Highline Ballroom was the perfect venue. If you ever get the chance to go, I highly recommend you do.
What was the last concert you went to?