Monday, January 15, 2007

Hege V and BML

Headed up to DC last week before having a chance to rave about the show at the Cradle. We figured the Hege V reunion was the headliner, so it was a good thing we got there early as they turned out to be the first ones on. Tim Harper was on bass and David Thrower was back for lead guitar - there was a ringer in for Robert Ragsdale on drums. And George remains the best stage presence I've ever seen. Yeah, you can say that he grew up on the Grand Ole Opry stage and that's true, but I've also see Hank Williams III live and he's got nothing on George Hamilton V. They ripped through all the songs on House of Tears (I think so anyway) and sounded like they'd last practiced a few days earlier, not 19 years or so. Got a chance to say hi afterwards and now we've got a handful of "Viva NashVegas - Eat More Rhinestones" bumperstickers to give out, so let me know if you want one.

J hadn't gotten much sleep the night before so I'm afraid we didn't make it all the way through the Brown Mountain Lights set (sorry, Greg!) but we were there for most of it and they were great, although there were some sound problems that should have been overcome (their harmonies are the focal point and the drums were mixed so high that it was hard to hear the voices). We'll have to catch them again next time they're at the Cave.

The dB's are next on 2/2 and I still need to get tickets for the Neil Diamond All-Stars and for the Pietasters. The Squirrel Nut Zippers are definitely on the schedule for early Feb but we've got another commitment that night. There are some other good shows that we'll have to think about - Yo La Tengo coming up between the dBs and SNZ and (HEY PC!!!) Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 (including Peter Buck) is on the schedule for March 23. Tony Plutonium says - check it out!

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