June 28th, 2019 | Photos

The Raconteurs @ Jewels Catch One

Photos by Debi Del Grande

I’m here right now
I’m not dead yet

Just when you thought you would never hear from The Raconteurs again–let alone some good ol rock n’ roll–vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Brendan Benson, bad-ass drummer Patrick Keeler, bassist Jack “Little Jack” Lawrence and some dude named Jack White release their third album Help Us Stranger, and not only scheduled a tour date at The Greek Theatre for July 26th, but played a gig at Amoeba Music and last night at the intimate Jewel’s Catch One on Pico Blvd.

It was only fitting The Raconteurs play the club that was once the longest running black gay dance bar in Los Angeles and still a safe space for the LGBTQ crowd as 100% of all proceeds benefit the GSA Network.

The show was announced yesterday morning on The Raconteurs’ Instagram with tickets on sell at the venue (cash only) starting at noon. Many must have thought it sold out fast and didn’t bother to try later because there were still tickets available around 7:00 p.m. before doors opened at 8 with fans rushing down once they got wind.

Hearing this band in a tiny club versus The Greek Theatre–many would choose the club. There is nothing like hearing a rock band where you feel the music. You could almost picture White popping down to the floor to be among the crowd. Hey, it could happen. A sweet moment was when White brought up engineer Josh Smith to the stage, announcing it was his last date on tour as he was getting married.

The guys–with touring musician extraordinaire Mr. Dean Fertita (QOTSA/Dead Weather) on keys/backing vocals–went right into the new album with the first song “Bored and Razed” which has some classic 70s licks and vibes. Many tunes were played from Help Us Stranger along with their debut album Broken Boy Soldiers, including “Hands,” “Broken Boy Soldier,” and, of course, “Steady, As She Goes.” Sophomore album Consolers of the Lonely included “Consoler of the Lonely” and “Salute Your Solution.”

White appears to be in really good spirits with The Raconteurs–smiling, looks healthy and relaxed–maybe the pressure is a little off from carrying a solo tour last time around. He’s back with his friends and not taking center stage. Keeler (The Greenhornes/The Afghan Whigs–think we spotted Greg Dull in the crowd) along with Lawrence (The Greenhornes) and, of course, Benson have a chemistry that flows as one–solid musicians who know how to give back.

Setlist via

Bored and Razed
Don’t Bother Me
Old Enough
You Don’t Understand Me
Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)
Broken Boy Soldier
Help Me Stranger
Only Child

Consoler of the Lonely
Sunday Driver
Now That You’re Gone
What’s Yours Is Mine
Salute Your Solution
Steady, as She Goes