When posting the audio recording the other day by Steve Goodman, I mentioned how remarkable he was live, in concert. There were three ways to have seen him perform on stage -- one was when he opened for big acts (which I did when he was touring with Steve Martin and played at the 5,000-seat Universal Amphitheatre, blowing away the Martin Maniacs who weren't expecting anything from the short, chubby, cherubic opening act, and just wanted to get to their hero). Another was when he played at folk venues (which I did when he would perform at the Ravinia Music Festival, with other folk singers like John Prine and Bonnie Koloc). And the third way was in intimate settings (as I did, of course...at McCabes in Santa Monica).
It was for those more intimate performances generally that he would bring along a promo film to sort of "introduce" himself to the audience, with the help of some of his friends, and a few of those performers he opened for. Most in the audience obviously knew who he was, but not everyone was as familiar with him. But still, in either case, it was a fun -- if odd -- way to open the evening. And entertaining the crowd was simply what Steve Goodman did.
I found that video.
The quality is a bit scratchy and the sound somewhat muffled, but it's a treat to have. The first few words are cut off, when the "host," Martin Mull says he wants to introduce you to Steve Goodman. The rest is a treat.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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