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House Concert Review

Mr Scott Free in concert at Casa StoneWall.  Scott Free 
 Reviewer - Len Rogers

 "Queer Music" with Scott Free by Len Rogers

     In the last almost ten years, I have had limited opportunity to see the artists I work with perform. When I do it has always been well worth the wait. Scott Free is no exception. It always surprises me how my "imagined" artist is to the real deal. With Scott, having followed him since his more punk influenced period, that image was indeed wide. I had seen him in lite "revolutionary drag" in the "Free" video, so I was ready for the muscle. And Scott brought the muscle, physically, in performance, and musically.

     I also know and admire, Scott Free the activist. I wondered how all this; the muscle, the activist, the artist, and art benefactor would blend. And how that blend is delivered is in itself an article. Combine the physical stature, a welcoming gentleness, engaging conversationalist, and just a touch of question and you have the 

Scott Free we met at this house concert. This was Scott's first house concert, thus the bit of question. Obviously he found his answer, Scott held total attention and the audience was very much in touch with the artist and vice-versa. The word intimate is appropriate, however in the area of entertainment so would cabaret. As Scott took risks in this new venue for him, and they delivered. (The next day I heard from neighbors about the applause. No problems, they want to get in on the concerts.) So obviously we were loud in appreciation. I think all we the audience was thinking, was how pleased we were. 

     Scott set about sharing "what he does: queer music" with our group. In his introduction Scott gave a brief explanation of  "queer music". By concert end we all knew the answer personally, very well . That music which bring queer experiences to the visual and emotional mind as well as the heart. This for me was a deeply touching concert. Scott shared freely the stories of his songs. His personal involvement with each song was visible and added depth and honestly to his work. During Scott's performance of "Mom, Dad, I" there were several sniffles and "coughs" as the audience got and shared the familiar  story of Scott's song. Not to say the performance was heavy and or depressing, it was not. It was thought provoking and touching. The sensed vulnerability of the artist added much to the overall intensity of several of Scott's songs performed this evening. 

      Scott included his anthems, well not all of them. "Free" was an expected audience hit. Many had seen the video online prior to the concert. That "video" presence added a certain mystique to Scott for several of our audience. As the concert went on the audience became more interactive with Scott. Song by song Scott drew everyone into his musical world of queer music and all had a healthy taste. One which this audience was hungry for. When he announced the he would do two more songs, I saw and heard the looks and sighs of  'already?', mine included.  A true artistic ability is to leave the audience wanting more, and Scott did that as well.  They came expecting all anthems and 'out' and got that, but also got a sensitive and gentle performer who opened himself, touched them, and really shared with his audience. I know Scott gained a fervent fan of each audience member that evening. And deservedly so. 

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