For those who wanted a bit of humor after a long Tuesday should have come to Saxbys Coffee in Georgetown. In the corner of this small, but typical coffee shop lined with Georgetown University students, was a one man band, Fox Elipsus.
Fox represents your typical, and not so typical musician. Like Tracy Chapman, he bounces from coffee shop to coffee shop around the country, playing for free, living off of CD sales and the tip jar. He sleeps in his car, and does all of his own marketing via posters, which he sends to the venues prior to his arrival, and individual Facebook messages. So far, Fox has been on an extensive tour, one that he boasts is over 150 performances strong, this year alone.
It’s 8:00 PM and Fox is only now setting up his small, but adequate PA which consists of a keyboard, and three speakers. He carefully arranges chairs to surround him, clearly demonstrating that he knows how to work in small places. Sporting a black ‘peace’ t-shirt and long unkept hair, he begins to line his multiple CDs on the table in front of him. As the clock ticks, the small crowd is already asking Fox when the performance will begin. Their annoyance clearly does not faze Fox as he continues his setup, for Fox realizes he has them where he wants them, for at least the next hour.
Fox has managed to secure a mainly female audience of all ages, even though, judging from his appearance, he is in his early to mid 30’s. He is a true one man show, meaning he is the sound engineer, he is the show assistant, he is the songwriter, and he is the band.
It is now 20 minutes past his advertised start time and he begins with a rather funny joke. He then proceeds to ask each person their name, warning them in advance that he may, in fact, use their names during his performance. Staying true to his word, he begins with a song about a woman who broke his heart, using the name of the woman sitting directly in front of him and singing to her for the next 3 minutes. The small crowd laughs. Smiles form around the faces as they begin to appreciate the performer and his one man act.
Using preset pads in his Casio keyboard, Fox generates various sounds with his often cleaver and surprisingly funny lyrics. He has the audience completely engaged at this point. Big applauds and chuckles are now surrounding him as he continues to deliver a very entertaining show.
And even though Fox has brought the Saxby’s 20+ of their customers tonight, they will not pay him for his time, or his efforts to bring in customers, this is the life of a true musician.
Fox claims to have written 100 songs. He comes prepared to sell 3 of his double disk CDs at every show and localizes each performance. His vocals are a bit like a George Michael and yet he fits perfectly in a small setting which enables him to look at each woman that he has Facebooked and make them smile.