Already drenched by the damp blanket that is French July weather, we follow The Morning Bender’s frontman, Christopher Chu, through the dark corridors of an undisclosed venue. His gangly silhouette shuffling up the narrow staircase, you can hear the bustling crowd and excited chatter over the echoes of Chu’s roaming riffs.
Blogotheque, most recognized for their artistically candid and brief Takeaway Shows, is now presenting an incredibly organic concert series called “Soirée de Poche.” Breaking away from the 2-3 song single-shot format, Soirée de Poche includes full set of songs, amicable audience interaction and intermittent larking all wrapped in a warm overcoat of sincerity.
In addition to featuring a slew of talented musicians perform in the most romantic and raw settings, they have a collection of incredible poster designs by illustrator Thomas Baas for each session.
Like Takeaway Shows, these sessions offer those distinct, lovely memories of the performance to search for buried under the studio sound of an album. I most certainly would have overlooked The Morning Benders had it not been for Soirée de Poche and am looking forward to discovering more artists this way.