Ben Kweller / Convoy / Pony League

Ben Kweller/Convoy/Pony League: live in San Diegolive in San Diego (2002)
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Contributed by: SheenaSheena
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I waited in line for a while. I wasn't sure when the show started, so I just showed up. There was a decent sized crowd, but it didn't look sold out to me. To pass the time, I watched BK and friends play a game of what looked like whiffle ball in a neighboring baseball field. Looked like it beat .

I waited in line for a while. I wasn't sure when the show started, so I just showed up. There was a decent sized crowd, but it didn't look sold out to me. To pass the time, I watched BK and friends play a game of what looked like whiffle ball in a neighboring baseball field. Looked like it beat the crap out of standing in line and getting felt up by the security guards.

Opening act was a band from Texas called Pony League. I enjoyed them very much even though I've never heard of them until now. I thought they sounded like a folksy Anniversary or Koufax type. They had keyboards as well as the typical band get up of guitars, bass and drums. I couldn't see these guys due to my height so I couldn't tell you about they way they presented themselves on stage. Over all, I felt highly about them.

I was shocked to see Ben Kweller setting up their stage right after Pony League. I was so sure they were headlining. So I asked Event Staff what was going on and I got some unclear story about Ben and Convoy. So I sat and waited, until I eventually squeezed to the front. Ben opened up with his own version of "Fools Rush In", which I liked. I know you think it's lame that any band open up with a cover song, but it was good. He seems to like to open with cover songs because at his last San Diego performance with Dashboard Confessional, he played "BK Baby" which is his take on Vanilla Ice's "Ice, Ice Baby".

Let's stop and talk about the crowd for a moment. Sadly, they weren't into Ben as much as I think they should be. It's probably just me, but I think Ben Kweller is awesome and is worthy of so much more praise and attention than he gets. My ever so observant assistant noticed that the crowd was only paying much attention while Ben Played his radio single "Wasted and Ready". I believe that was after his whole speech about all the great things in Anaheim. Too bad we're in San Diego. Ben Kweller closed with a rocked out lengthened version of "No Reason". The crowd was treated with a double intro because one of the strings broke and the band started the intro overā?¦for fun? The set was too short and I really believe the band wasn't into giving it their all. They had Anaheim the night before and Hollywood the next day to look forward to. I positive they were tired, but I still think they could have rocked a little harder. But that's just what I expected.

I didn't stay for more than a few songs from Convoy's, for the reason that I was tired and had class in the morning. But what I did catch was a delivery of up beat rock and roll. People in these neck of the woods rant and rave about Convoy. Quite possibly because they're from San Diego? I don't know. Do they get the raves outside this town? They're not at all the typical music I am into but I think they're pretty good. I think they might be one of those next big things. That's just my prediction.

Overall rating: Disappointed. I think it was because I pumped myself up for the show a little too much. There were 3 factors that played a roll in my over all feelings about the show. 1) Ben Kweller's set wasn't long enough. 2) Ben, you were in San Diego, not Anaheim. 3) Why wasn't he headlining?


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Anonymous (August 8, 2002)

guess i dont like good music then

tgarn (August 6, 2002)

The reason noone has said Bk "sucks ass" is because that is simply not true. I saw this concert a week ago in slc but without convoy and with morning jacket, and it was one of my favorite shows of all time. Bk is a amazing musician and entertainer. People should stop comparing him to piebald, people should start saying if you like good music, you'll like Ben Kweller

Anonymous (August 6, 2002)

Why hasnt anybody mentioned that Ben Kweller sucks ass! I really really tried to like it. I heard so many good things about him. I heard, oh you like piebald, you will like ben kweller, i heard ben kweller is a pop-rock prodigy and is so amazing and kicks so much ass and blah blah blah. But then when I listened to it all I could hear was a cheap pop-rock band playing bad pop-rock songs. I couldnt get away from it faster.-pat41

Anonymous (August 4, 2002)

i think you were right in front of me in line Sheena, but Im not positive hence me not saying anything.

AtomicGarden (August 4, 2002)

I've only heard on Ben Kweller song... his single (the one about how sex reminds her of eating spaghetti)... and I have to say it is probabaly the stupidest song I've ever heard, and it makes me want to pull my own hair out and strangle him with it. Except I have really short hair so it wouldn't work very well.

SOYBOMB (August 3, 2002)

thumbs down


Anonymous (August 3, 2002)

I was at this show and I have to say I had a different reaction. First, I thought the crowd was pretty into Ben Kweller. If you noticed the entire crowd switched after him and before Convoy. An entirely new audience entered the venue as the Ben Kweller fans were leaving. Also, he probably wasn't headlining because Convoy is so popular in San Diego, but he played a very strong set. Pony League was not anything to recommend though. Their songs were predictable and much of their lyrics were really lame. For a guy with only one radio hit and one cd, Ben Kweller's crowd was very receptive and it is true the show was not sold out, but the crowd that was there thorougly enjoyoed it.

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