The Tallest Man on Earth rocked the sold-out Henry Miller Memorial Library here in Big Sur the other night. It ruled.
During the encore, I was like, “Whoa! I need to take a picture of this!” So I ran to my boss’s car to get the camera, and as I opened the car door, the show ended. Timing is everything. So if anyone has any pictures, send’em over via that contact form over there on the right.
That said, here is a first-hand show review from audience member Valerie Guardiola. Thanks Valerie!
The Tallest Man On Earth is actually relatively normal sized. And his ego seems as large as my pinkie finger. As one of the most humble and talented men I have ever seen perform live I was dumb struck. Lucky enough to be granted front row privileges (translate, “waited second in line and eventually jogged to the front row”) my dearest friends and I were captivated from the moment the lights faded to a gorgeous blue-green for opening band S. Carey.
Having never heard Sean Carey’s (of Bon Iver fame) new side-project, it was a splendid surprise. Carey not only set the perfect stage for what an entire audience was anticipating to be an amazing show, but it seemed he could have carried out an entire solo performance flawlessly and with an intense appreciation from the crowd.
After the short wait between S. Carey and Tallest Man On Earth came the sincere and compelling re-telling of an old Big Sur folk song, the performing of which cut the air in half as every soul listening was doing so whole-heartedly.
As the lights once again adjusted there appeared the most enduring, kind, humble, not to mention attractive and talented man. All in all, Kristian Matsson is a god. Only after flirting awkwardly with the crowd and offering the chilly audience members his jacket and sweater did nearly every female concert goer wish she was on her own private date with him.
His concentration during every song was astounding and his performance captivating. The intimacy of the venue was in perfect synchronicity with the low-maintenance and gorgeous talent of that perfectly raspy voice. Despite the frozen fingers and clattering teeth the combination of the tallest trees on earth and the Tallest Man On Earth was captivating and tops any show I have seen in quite a long time.