Josh Abbott and William Clark Green performed an almost-unplugged set at House of Blues on Feb. 1. They set the stage with a fake fire, a row of lawn chairs lining the back of the set, and several ice chests full of cold (free) beer. Green and Abbott took turns playing personal and fan favorites.
Audience members were also invited to join the former Texas Tech Raiders in enjoying some complimentary libations. Keeping with the “Hanging Out” theme, the stage was dimly lit with a glow of orange, setting a mood of sitting around a camp fire. Although the energy of the evening seemed lower than the average upbeat sets at House of Blues, the duo provided an entertaining and relaxing evening for Houstonians to enjoy on a Thursday night.
However, left to be desired was the inclusive and interactive nature of Abbott’s usual performances. Even though several fans experienced what may be a “dream-come-true”, not all were enthused. The remainder of attendees sat idly in the crowd and didn’t interact with the performers. Audience members missed opportunities to sing along to all-time favorites. These included songs like “Oh Tonight” and “She’s Like Texas”.
Many of Abbott’s performances also tend to include droves of listeners grabbing loved ones and dancing the “Texas two-step”. However, the audience’s feet were planted with eyes glued to the stage, waiting for the night to take a turn. They hoped to experienced one of Abbott’s full-production sets. Despite the subtle air of disappointment, and low energy throughout the venue, the make-shift duo certainly remained true to their simplistic mantra of the evening: “Hanging Out”. They ended up providing a memorable experience. How fans will choose to remember the performance may vary. Despite the flaws, the night was enjoyable for families and friends alike.