John Harms Center
saw Rufus on October 24, 2001 at the John Harms Center in Englewood,
NJ. He was part of a concert called "The Next Wave of
Song" which also featured Meshell Ndegeocello and Beth Orton.
As much as I like Beth Orton, I was most excited to see RUFUS (but of
course)! The John Harms Center is a nice place; not too big or
small, and I didn't have to go into the city. I went to the concert with my mum and my friend Cristen.
Rufus is so cool! I mean, that's implied, but he's...so funny! In his own way. And of course his performance was practically PERFECT. There was a point where his guitar all of a sudden got loud, and he suddenly had this surprised look on his face and stopped playing. It was funny!...er. Yeah! April Fools was funny too because he was talking about how Martha would usually sing back up on it, but since she wasn't there he wanted US to sing her part. So we somewhat sang along, although most of us like me were wussies and didn't want to sing. Well Rufus can carry the song by himself muuuch better.
Rufus was only one third of the show. Meshell D played this one very long song as far as I know, it was kind of interesting but also kind of strange. I guess my attention span can't be held on one song that's something like 30 minutes long. Beth Orton was very good though, and she played my favorite song (Pass In Time)! I've seen her two times before opening for Beck and her songs are really beautiful, although more in a sad way in my opinion. Rufus is more happy I guess. :)
I brought my MD player with me to record the concert...yeah, you're not supposed to do that, but it's a bit late for that. Technically you weren't supposed to take pictures either, but people did...flash pictures, EVIL! Click on the mp3 link to download the song in mp3 format (although you'll need winzip to...unzip it):
should keep in mind that the sound quality won't be so great. And
that at some points I moved the mic/laughed/clapped/talked (that was during
"April Fools", I wasn't trying to be disruptive, just trying
to take a picture!) and so I'm just warning you. I'm sorry
that my laugh is so moronic (well, not just the laugh) but...um...just
deal with it. :)