First off, I don't think enough thanks can be given to the following folks for yesterday's event: Amy Veracruysse, Debbie Porter, Joe Chanes, Kwab Copeland, and Max Genereaux. We here on the editorial side get to take all the credit for putting on such an awesome event, but they really did all the heavy lifting.
And the results, at least from my perspective, were damn good. My home computer is on the fritz, so who knows how long I can blog before it shits out on me and freezes up...so I'll just jot down a few quick notes for now.
1. Herman Jolly @ Hattie's: The Hattie's stage was crazy...a sort of platform laid over top of the booth adjacent to the kitchen. But still, the effect was like something you'd find in SXSW, a place not normally a venue transformed into a venue. Jolly's voice was in smooth form, but still retained the warmth I came to love on his Mad Cowboy Disease record. Seeing him in a tiny little makeshift venue like Hattie's and singing the words "90 proof ain't proof enough for me" was one of those perfect musical moments.
2. Blood Red Dancers @ The Sunset: Love Aaron Poppick's voice! Love it. Imagine Jim Morrison-via-Iggy Pop singing while Elvis is pleading to god and mother to forgive him for his sins and transgressions.
3. Kublakai @ Market St. Athlete: Personally, I love Market St. Athlete as a venue. Very cool feeling crossing Market to the pulsing beat of live hip-hop.
4. Brothers of the Sonic Cloth @ The Sunset:
Massive, heavy, thunderous, God-like. TAD! Jesus, and it was broadcast live on KEXP during pledge drive! Something tells me that's the heaviest shit that station has aired in a long time.
5. The Rainieros @ Conor Byrne's: Sara Brickner was right. Serious country music.
6. Team Gina @ The Sunset/Truckasaurus @ Market St:
My first big conflict of the night was dividing time between these two acts. I had to miss the first half of Team Gina's lesbionic hippity hop while I was catching last half of Truckasaurus' retro-tastic set. Oh well, it was a festival after all.