Citizen Cope - Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale - September 14
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012
Better than: Every other Gen X songwriter.
The evening began with a bout of silence. It was unexpected, considering reggae band, Bushwood, was scheduled to woo the masses outside of Revolution Live prior to a night of enchantment from Citizen Cope. Just six hours before the main event, the local act received notice of cancellation due to their zany promotional efforts. The quartet was fired from the gig for claiming to be the 'opening act' of the night, as the venue (and artist team) promised simply "An Evening with Citizen Cope."
As news circulated of Bushwood's termination, early arrivers were left to their own defenses. It was a buzzkill.
The crowd warmed up to the tardy crooner's presence with the Richie Havens' inspired "Hurricane Waters." Cope's audience interaction grabbed the room's attention. Blue waves blanketed the background stripes of the LED screen behind the stage. It was ten minutes in when Cope delivered a commanding yet soulful "Every Waking Moment." The musician grinned at the crowd, and fans, for the first time that night, returned lyrics to the towering songster before them.