Music review: Citizen Cope rains on Agave in Avon |

Music review: Citizen Cope rains on Agave in Avon

John Scheid
Daily Correspondent
Avon, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/John Scheid

AVON – Citizen Cope gave fans a sound performance Monday evening at the intimate Agave in Avon.

While promoting his newest collection, “The Rainwater LP,” artist Clarence Greenwood, aka Citizen Cope, attempted to engage a small but lively sold-out crowd with old classics such as “Son’s Gonna Rise,” “Hurricane Waters” and “Sideways” while including impressive new compositions such as “Healing Hands.”

For Greenwood, filling capacity at a venue as small as Agave did not come as a surprise, and though the audience was a manageable size, it was mostly into the show. Cope’s better-known songs were well received, and the venue housed a positive energy, though some lesser-known songs lacked intimacy and crowd respect. Greenwood was visibly irritated at times.

Greenwood’s most recent album, released in February, follows the artist’s unique and inimitable style while providing listeners with fresh tracks that don’t echo previous recordings. “The Rainwater LP” marks Greenwood’s first independent release after having several bouts with large record labels such as Capitol and RCA, and the self-made label seems to naturally complement his musical character.

No stranger to the road, Greenwood has toured consistently for the better portion of the past decade, constantly promoting new material and collaborating with other musicians. An astonishingly talented guitarist and vocalist, Greenwood’s diverse array of material effortlessly connects with audiences large and small. From massive festivals to intimate solo performances, Citizen Cope continues to sell out venues and arenas worldwide whether performing solo or with a band.

Since releasing “The Rainwater LP” earlier this year, Greenwood has toured much of the continental U.S. from east to west (including an impressive showing in Colorado, with performances in Aspen, Avon, Breckenridge, Telluride and Boulder) and will continue touring the United States and Europe well into 2011.

Despite less-than-ideal crowd participation on some songs Monday, Greenwood delivered a long and impressive performance. He does not rely on theatrics or onstage antics to entertain fans but rather plays with a genuine simplicity that any music lover can appreciate. His passion for performing was evident throughout two full sets and an encore; concertgoers were not disappointed. His mellow demeanor and deep catalog of crowd pleasers certainly made for a memorable night at Agave.

John Scheid is a freelance writer based in the Vail Valley. E-mail comments about this concert review to

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