Opening the evening was the Richard Thompson Electric Trio, which brought down the house as an opening act. Richard Thompson, one of the original members of the British rock group Fairport Convention, is touring for his newest album, Electric, which was released this February.
As with most virtuosic guitarists who are also vocalists, Thompson’s vocals and lyrics fill the space just fine, but the musicianship was the backbone of the group's performance. The dense sound it produced as a trio is a tribute to the musicians' ability and uncynical approach to it. Nearly every song received a standing ovation from the audience.