First things first, Potsy needs a new drink, just like Huey Lewis needed a new drug. I prefer gin and scotch. Jumboslice tends to go for beer. Jimbromski usually drinks beer, however he will more or less drink anything you put in front of him (Scotch, tequila, bourbon, Lysol, Aqua Velva..). Potsy, however, tends to drink more estrogen based beverages such as vodka and white wine. Before we went out last night, he was saying that he needs a new, more manly drink. One that would be easily accessible at most of the spots we frequent and relatively inexpensive. He did end up having a few Bourbon and gingers at the Black Cat, which I thought was good suggestion by the bartender. So, in the interest of Potsy, please suggest some more cocktails that you think he might enjoy that won't make him look like a complete puss. Now, onto the music.
I will keep this fairly brief, as it was a quiet Friday night and I really don't have a whole lot to say about this four band bill.
First up, The Beanstalk Library:
1. They sounded just fine, with kind of a Jayhawks, country thing going on.
2. There were only about 20 people in attendance when they kicked off (a little awkward for the mainstage)
3. Potsy commented that he would be happy if they played at a party he may (or may not) be throwing in the future.
4. Their last song sounded a bit like "Summer of 69'" by Canadian rocker Bryan Adams.
Next up, The Jet Age:
1. They definitely brought more of the rock than the previous band.
2. The second to last song they played (sorry, I don't know all the song names) was very, very good, as was the final tune of their set.
3. I thought the bass player looked a bit like J. Mascis circa 2007.
4. Unfortunately, with the 4 bands and a late start, it seemed like their set was pretty short. I wouldn't mind checking them out again.
5. Eric (if you are reading this), I went looking for you after Kittyhawk to say hello, but I think you must have left already. Sorry.
Third band of the evening, Kitty Hawk:
1. Only saw a couple of songs, as we got stuck in a lame conversation at the bar with some young folks. One of the dudes had driven almost 2 hours up from Harrisonburg to see the headlining act Brian Scary and the Shredding Tears. We now even had lower expectations of said headliners.
2. I went out for a smoke, came back, and they were finished. I think they played for like 20 minutes. I was a bit disappointed, as this was a band that I had seen perform before at The Federal Reserve Collective, and thought their musical stylings would be right in Potsy's strike zone. Alas, a very lame conversation about Rosetta Stone (yes, the language helper) caused us to miss most of their set.
The headliners, Brian Scary and the Shredding Tears:
1. Fucking terrible.
2. They all wore matching jumpsuits. The lead singer looked a bit like shaggy haired Eric Bogosian with a touch of the douchebag lead singer of The Mooney Suzuki.
3. I can't really describe the music. Melodramatic, nerd-pop? They seemed like the type of band that would appeal to a college age audience that really didn't know a hell of a lot about music.4. We stayed for 2 songs and then left.
All in all, a good night out. Got to see four bands for only $10 and enjoyed a few drinks at the bar. What more can you ask for on a lazy late summer evening in DC?