A few weeks ago I saw Saliva down in Eau Claire. Big name band. Not many of the original band members around though. I left there slightly less than happy. Different night, Fuel playing on the big stage at Every Buddy's Bar & Grill, just down the street from my house. Not many of the original members left. One in fact.
I am in the big city tonight. I found out my friend, The Jewess, was at a Seder celebrating the second night of Passover. With her gone I had little incentive to arrive at her house before 10:30 other than her cat, Zee, who seems to care for me dearly. I decided it would be fun to hit the Harriet Brewing tap room for their regular Tuesday night staging of the band Dead Pigeons. What I found there, was not the Pidgins but something just as pleasing. The two piece band Crankshaft and they were very tasty indeed.
I really couldn't believe Facebook when I first saw the listing. Saliva is coming to Eau Claire? No, this had to be a different band. This couldn't be the nationally touring group, it had to be some local band that had unfortunately chosen the same name, right? Right? It took a trip to google to get me to the official Saliva web site and discover in fact it was the real deal coming to our small town. My understanding, garnered from a couple of parking attendants is the owner of Hipps Pub was friends with someone on the tour and when he asked, they delivered.
A great night of music as we caught three bands at three venues in one night. First was the great voice and full band, Left Wing Bourbon at Pizza Plus. We were in good company with lots of fans there. Then, a walk down the street to The Mousetrap for Day Old Bread and finally as we came back into town, a stop at Missy's were Frantic Antics and Contingency were sharing a stage. Its great when you have to choose between bands!
Back in December I was really looking forward to the first week in January because Layne Yost was going to be playing at the James Sheeley House just down the street from my house. But with the closing of the Sheeley that show never came to happen. When I was checking Facebook this week looking for a way to aleave our house bound stir craziness for the weekend, I found that Layne was playing at The Vine, a new wine bar in Eau Claire. We had to go! And the music? Well worth the trip!
I was in St. Paul, at the office, when the email came into my laptop. It was from Kyle who lives down the street from me. "Hey" he said, "I realize this is really short notice but we are having a house show, a couple of bands in our living room", hmmm, this could be interesting. Then he went on to say "I thought maybe I would open up for them. Love for you to make it." Kyle has six pianos in his house, whatta ya know my schedule just opened up. This wasn't a show I was going to miss.
I am in the big city once again tonight. This night, I had a desire to hear some music after a long, long day. It was a three hour and twenty minute drive to St. Paul this morning through copious amounts of snow and drifting and ice and all the stuff that seems to make up the normal Wisconsin-Minnesota winter. That drive set the mood for the day and by quitting time was in need of some musical relaxation. I caught a repeat show for me, some bluegrass courtesy of The Dead Pigeons at a local taproom.