Meiko Opens for Joshua Radin at the Belly Up Tavern

Meiko Opening for Joshua Radin
Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA

Meiko Opening for Joshua Radin Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA 2/18/2009I am completely and utterly addicted to Meiko’s new album. I just wanted to get that off my chest. It’s one of those albums I was handed in advance and didn’t listen to the whole thing at first. Then I came back to it about a month ago and am completely enamored with it. She’s right up there with Tina Dico for my favorite singer/songerwriters. She’s young, witty and let me put it this way, picture a innocent looking tickle me Elmo that when you “tickle” the Elmo it curses like a sailor. That’s Meiko!

At this point I believe she had done too many “all ages” shows because she asked us last night if this was one of those. The crowd roared, “No!” She then said, “Fuck!” “I have been dying to say that!” She then proceeded to mark her set with bits of profanity. She also had cut her finger moments before going onstage digging through her bag for something and hit her razor. OUCH!!!

I must say I have been to the Belly Up quite a few times for all types of music, but tonight had THE LOUDEST crowd ever. Meiko commented between songs, “It’s like I am in the Superbowl.” I think she was talking about all the loud talking and conversation that was going on all around the venue. It was difficult to concentrate on the music when there are such distractions. She’s  a trooper and did a wonderful performance. The live performance didn’t have all the backing strings accompanying her as the album does, but it didn’t matter. Mr. Johnny Flowers was on the cello backing her and it made some of the songs pop live such as Reasons to Love.

I know I was waiting for her and Josh to be onstage together performing Josh’s “Fly” but that didn’t happen. Earlier in the evening I sat down for an interview with Josh and he mentioned having Meiko onstage with him and it didn’t happen. *I guess everything is subject to change.

Setlist: I am missing 3 or 4 songs

Said and Done
Under My Bed
Reasons to Love
How Lucky We Are (she used to call it “Shitty Apartment”)
New One: You’re a Good ___???(help with this title please!)
Boys with Girlfriends

She is currently on Myspace Records, which is getting really good at picking great artists to represent. Her self-titled debut album is out now.
Catch her on tour now with Joshua Radin:

San Luis Obispo, CA
Downtown Brew (all ages)
Los Angeles, CA
Music Box @ The Fonda (all ages)
Aspen, CO
Belly Up, Aspen (all ages)
Colorado Springs, CO
The Black Sheep (all ages)
Lawrence, KS
Bottleneck (all ages)
Minneapolis, MN
Fine Line Music Cafe (18+)
Milwaukee, WI
Pabst Theatre (all ages)
Chicago, IL
Park West (18+)
Cincinnati, OH
20th Century Theatre (all ages)
Kent, OH
Kent Stage (all ages)
Louisville, KY
Headliners Music Hall (all ages)
Nashville, TN
Exit / In (18+)

Photos of Mieko opening for Joshua Radin:

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  1. Ken says:

    If this is the same setlist that she played in SLO and Los Angeles, the missing songs are:

    “Piano Song”
    “Good Looking Loser”
    “Real Real Sweet”

  2. Hey Ken! Thanks!


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