The long-awaited Beard-0ff, or Battle of the Beards as I like to call it, finally took place at the Funhouse last night. Terry Radjaw of Mad Rad played Sir Thomas Gray of Champagne Champagne in an epic battle of 1 on 1 basketball that will be remembered for a long time. I haven't seen that many photographers, videographers, and reporters at a random event in ages. With light bulbs flashing, cameras were everywhere and you would have thought real celebrities were playing. And lot's of local music industry insiders were on hand, from Jason Lajeunesse and Kerri Harrop to Jake One and Jonathan Moore. As Radjaw stated to me a couple of weeks ago, "We must have done something right in this city where even our beards are infamous." Unfortunately for the boys of Mad Rad, Radjaw lost! It was a close one though. And it was all in good fun. The place was packed with scenesters, which wasn't surprising, but the Funhouse was the place to be last night for all the hipsters rather than Capitol Hill.
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To an extent, it looked humiliating! But to Radjaw's credit, he took it in good stride. And those guys love each other dearly so there are no hard feelings. Considering they charged people $8 to watch them play basketball, sold merch, and had a blast, I'd say nobody lost. Gray's bandmate Pearl saved as much of Radjaw's beard as possible, threw it in plastic bag, and says he's going to try to get it submitted to the EMP. Not sure if they'll be interested, but he promises to try. Check out a full slideshow of the events.