15 November 2017
Another gig at another venue with an uncertain future. The King's Arms may one day be an apartment block, and Golden Dawn is closing in a few months' time.
So it feels just that little bit more important to get to a gig there tonight before it becomes another memory.
At the Others Way festival, Lawrence Arabia wore a green shalwar kameez, tonight it's something more out of the K-Mart catalogue in a pink jumpsuit. And tonight it's just the man himself, performing solo and selling the best tea towel ever.
In the tightly packed intimacy of a small venue, he traverses songs from across his albums. It seems these days that a solo act is not complete without a looper, and he deploys this well to create layers of vocal harmony, rhythm and multiple instruments. And damn he's talented.
He brings many qualities to his songs, a mix of wry, vulnerable, self conscious, cutting, honest and funny, often all mixed in the same track.
Lawrence gets a warm reception and the crowd are happy to oblige his request to provide rhythmic interplay through clapping and vocals - although apparently a Tauranga reviewer compared him to Nazi leaders for trying it out there.
It's an engaging evening from someone with a fine array of talents and whose own originality shines through in every track.