Year in Review
Beelzebub Has a Devil Put Aside for You!
This year’s concerts were devilishly good
By August March
Yeah, the concert action was blazing, nay candent, in this past year’s version of the musical melting pot we all call home. Like a conglomeration of fine meats, vegetables, condiments and just the right amount of spicy sauce cooked to perfection and served up hot and delicious for concert-goers throughout a realm well-known for it’s musical hunger, the end result was finger-licking good.
Since by their very nature, all iterations of live music in this burg are damn fine, it’s hard enough to single out specific performances as worthy without a year-long flood of memories cascading though my neo-cortex in search of expression as a sigh, howl or grunt.
Since by their very nature, all iterations of live music in this burg are damn fine, it’s hard enough to single out specific performances as worthy without a year-long flood of memories cascading though my neo-cortex in search of expression as a sigh, howl or grunt. But I’m gonna give it a go anyway because the stuff I remember might be the stuff you forgot.
More specifically, the stuff we remember together through this magic medium is the stuff from which dreams are made. And in a year otherwise filled with disappointment and disillusion, music and the dreams that come after ought to count for something that’s more than merely memorable; let those bright moments—perpetually playing on the backs of your eyelids—serve as a model for the light you’d like to see rise up from life’s crucible come 2017.
Goodbye, Saltine Ramblers
Hello, King Buzzo
So, Pack Your Ermines
The Roaring Nineties
The Handsome Pawn Drive Family
Those are the ones I remember, where I wasn’t in a jazz trance or preoccupied with the effects of moonlight on musicians’ improvisational choices.
I missed the King Khan and BBQ Show, Pouya, Rubi Ate The Fig, Fat Nick, ZZ Top, the Black Maria resurgence and probably a hundred more; that’s an idea that I only accept because the local musical cauldron I’ve been dealing with all this time is so damned deep; it looks like it goes on forever.
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