There is nothing I like more than walking into a place far away and seeing one of our local bands at a big city venue. I think it is cool when a band from here can be seen on a far away stage so I try to never miss it. Tonight it was Howard Guitar Ludtke and his band Blue Max on stage in front of a packed crowd at Shaws Bar in Minneapolis. A great show on a warm night with spring in the air.
This year was Decadent Cabaret #36, the weather was nice, the roads were clear and the bar was packed with people. For thirty six years people have been attending this amazing, one of a kind indoor music festivals. I have never seen anything like it. A band starts. Sings about four songs and then they tear down and setup another band. In about fifteen or twenty minutes they have another band ready to go. You can see a lot of music in one night. It is also billed as a night of fishnet, and I was happy to see a fair amount of it in the crowd.
Last weekend I published a bunch of stuff I had written earlier in the month and it caused a bit of uproar after I said a band hadn't been paid by a bar. My comments seemed to set off a bit of a Facebook tsunami and made me feel like I really should respond in some way. So to start off, here is the un-edited thread as it was posted on facebook.
So I have to drive into the city every Tuesday these days. Work in the office. Then kill fourteen hours until I can work eight more hours and then drive back home. The trick is killing those between hours without being bored to death, or spending too much money. So enter Capitol Guitars. Nice little guitar shop and some music types hanging around there. Occasionally I hear some good tunes. I've gotten to know this guy Joe.
Great music in downtown Chippewa Falls this evening. Some bluegrass inspired rock and roll at Every Buddy's and right next door at The Snout Saloon was female fronted rock & pop. The weather was perfect for walking. The stars were out. It was great to be alive, free and out to enjoy the life of downtown.
I was out on my own this night mostly to catch Convenience Store Flowers at Every Buddy's Bar, and I had just found out about a second band playing next door at The Snout. The weather was perfect for walking. It was my maiden voyage down pristinely new sidewalks all the way from my house to the bar. Sweet!
This is kind of rough and unfinished. I am just going to hit publish anyway.
A few months ago I got the email. I barely had the message relayed when I had my answer back. "Yes, buy them!" she said. Less than two weeks later I opened the envelope and the tickets were in my hand. Godsmack and Seether at Target Center in Minneapolis. We were going! Then after a long wait of several months the show was over with nothing left but to write the review.