We have several friends that play in local bands and we try to be supportive when we can. Often they are playing far from home or on a work night, so we don't always get to support them as much as we would like. However, this weekend ended up being a perfect storm for our local band coverage!
Friday night, we went out late to catch a friend who plays in a band called Contagious. Yes, that is their real name. I'm not sure who came up with that name and not sure why you would want to have the word contagious printed on your panties but, hey I guess it is a good marketing tool! As usual, the guys were great. I'm not sure I completely agree with their set lists, but who am I to argue, they are booked all the time!
Saturday afternoon, we went out to support my colleagues who just started playing under the name Spent. They were the entertainment at a local parish picnic and they sounded awesome! This was only the second time they have played in public and they had their own set of groupies (about 6 or 7 little girls camped out right in front of the stage!). We had fun and the weather partially cooperated - it wasn't raining but was a little cool and windy.
The guys finished up around dinner time and we met another musician friend and his girl at a local mexican place for dinner. He played earlier in the day at a benefit so we missed his gig. We had a nice dinner and then meandered off to a local dive bar to hear another band play. I can't recall the name of the group but they where a bluesy group and their female vocalist rocked Etta James!
We wandered away in the middle of their second set and went to a biker bar. It was an honest to goodness biker bar and all I can say is that a vast majority of the guys in the bar were absolute giants! Appearances aside, everyone in the place was super sweet and we had a great time. The band was incredible and if you ever get a chance to catch an American Bleach show, I recommend it - these guys rock! The best part was when our musician friend got to join the band on stage for one of our favorite songs!
I was an incredibly long day and it has been a really long time since I have been able to say that I caught 4 bands in one weekend! Now I think I need a nap before I go back to being an adult!