When: Fri., July 22, 10 p.m. 2011
"For years, I unsuccessfully tried to find a way for my funny songs to coexist with my serious songs on stage," Durham songwriter Stephen Vincent says. "People were left waiting for punch lines that were not coming. I actually had quite an inner struggle about what I really wanted to be."
Vincent's solution: an alter ego. As Rock Star Stephen Vincent —an openly fictionalized version of himself—the musician has found his comedic outlet. First Time Alone With a Girl in Her Dorm Room is a shamelessly silly album punctuated throughout with canned laughter and applause. Vincent releases it tonight at the Broad Street Cafe. "If you're offended that I'm begging you to be my fan," he sings in "Please Like My Fan Page." "Just be glad I waited 'til now to ask that you recommend my page to all your friends." "Susan Rogers is a Guitar Snatcher" plays like a John Prine comedy song with a Wesley Willis cadence; in "Will Someone Please," he admits he's had the same condom in his pocket for eight years.
Maybe someday, says the excited Vincent, he'll do a show where he's his own opener: "I had no idea how much fun this would be until I started doing it."—Corbie Hill