Even hecklers couldn’t keep Kristian Matsson aka The Tallest Man On Earth from delivering his ever lovely tunes at the Observatory on Tuesday night. As Matsson began gently plucking out some notes mid-set, he couldn’t help but lock on to some patrons chattering directly to his left. Peering intently into the shadows, he gently walked toward the edge of the stage to seek out the Chatty Cathys as if to quiet them with his mind. Even later in the show, when one of the aforementioned talkers decided to repeatedly yell “Bob Dylan” at the band, Matsson proceeded to crack a grin and say “thank you so much for listening to my music,” with tongue in cheek. For those who really were listening, they were treated with Matsson’s unique vocals and intricate guitar strumming (hello, 12-string guitar), all while slithering in place.
Orange County was also treated by Hiss Golden Messenger’s second ever OC gig, since the first time they played in town over 20 years ago.