The quirky and quizzical Keller Williams once again returns to South Florida with his one-man band. He's a festival staple and always a highlight in that setting — but his club shows are downright rapturous. No matter how big the room, K-Dub always procures a basement-party sing-along vibe. A true entertainer, he has the ability to mix his incredibly clever original material with perfectly timed classic covers to provoke pure hilarity.
Attending a Keller performance is akin to stumbling upon a rerun of The Joy of Painting. Channeling the cool, calm approach of that show's famous host, Bob Ross, Williams makes his own task seem effortless, using his self-taught, multi-instrumentalist skills and looping machines to create a symphonic effect.
His new album, Odd, follows right in line with his previous 12 one-word-titled discs, touching on everyday themes in a matter-of-fact, conversational tone. Standout track "Environmental Song" kicks off along the line of tunes with carpe diem themes. "Day at the Office" mockingly tells Blender magazine (now defunct!) to "eat shit" following a negative review, and "Doobie in My Pocket" documents a paranoid flying experience.
At Revolution this weekend, watch the barefoot songster crack his knuckles and tackle a seemingly endless bag of tricks. Expect him to perform anything, from the Grateful Dead's powerful "Terrapin Station" to Tenacious D's playful and perverse "Kielbasa."
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