Can't get to an Unfamiliar Moon when they won't even let you on the plane.
August 26, 2011 6:52 PM Subscribe
posted by oneswellfoop (55 comments total)
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is, in his own words, "big in the music business like a barnacle is big in shipping". Performing solo with acoustic guitar, his original music
(including songs about Old White Men
and the planet Pluto
) and some well-chosen covers
, as well as his on-stage banter
, have charmed audiences all over
* for umpteen years. He has made a reply to CeeLo's infamous song
, performed alongside Arlo Guthrie while having an attack of gout
and in his spare time, he makes free-flying models
of antique airplanes
. But sadly, he has just gotten the most publicity of his career... as an unwilling participant in one airline's Security Theater
. (Story picked up by The Consumerist
, the Economist
, and James Fallows at the Atlantic
*personally, I discovered him when he was the un-billed opening act for George Carlin during Carlin's last tour in 2007, where he effortlessly won over a very white audience that was waiting impatiently for an angry old comedian to throw some f-bombs...
But as long as we have an excuse to show them, here are some more Vance Gilbert performances: "Some Great Thing"
, "Dragonfly Wings"
, "Why Are We So Cruel"
(back when he had hair), "My Dog's Best Friend Is a Cat"
, a Stevie Wonder cover to open up an interview
, singing the blues and getting laughs
, having too much fun with an unknown opening act and a Sam Cooke song
and in 1986 (maybe the earliest performance clip he hasn't personally destroyed)