It’s too bad Vikesh Kapoor didn’t book a larger venue because his record release show on February 11 at the Democracy Center in Cambridge, Mass. was packed. Kapoor was well complemented by his audience and his opening acts. A ukulele player, Henry Finch, a 3 piece folk band Mister Sister and a physical comedian, performed with an energy that stems from their love and support of Kapoor and his achievements in song writing and performing.
“I recognize almost every one in this room right now!” he said before starting up his set, signifying that his fans have been loyal since the beginning. If you get the chance to make it to one of Vikesh Kapoor’s shows (and you should before he starts charging 35 bucks a pop at the House of Blues Boston) you are guaranteed to walk away with a new story to tell and maybe a bit of inspiration.
There is the caress of the guitar, and the blow of the harmonica, and then there are his stories. His lyrics are sometimes solemn but his voice renders them kind. The most appropriate playing field for this musician is out in the open air, during spring time in the midst of nature.
The stories he tells about love and pain are also stories about regular people, a major part of the folk tradition. His way of storytelling seems to be what has attracted so many people to his music and kept his fans loyal.
Kapoor creates music that is fundamentally different from computerized pop music common today. This is part of his appeal. He brings you to a place where things are simple, to wheat fields or empty prairies, where the sun sets quietly and the wind speaks in whispers. Some of his songs feature refrains from traditional folk songs (think Bob Dylan), though he successfully reinterprets them in his musical field of vision making them expressive of his individual character.
By Annie Berman