Rock For Breakfast
From a sold-out Madison Square Garden to ... Lulu's? Weird. From multi-platinum alt-rock superstars to complete irrelevancy to ... Lulu's? OK, that makes a bit more sense. Both of those descriptions fit the bill for this St. Patrick's Day, though. Montgomery County-raised good vibe rockers O.A.R. and '90s hitmakers Soul Asylum (guess which one recently sold out MSG) both perform as part of the seventh annual Kegs & Eggs bash at the Foggy Bottom nightspot. The free morning concert, sponsored by DC 101, also features Richmond-based Celtic-tinged rockers Carbon Leaf, who have become a sort of Kegs & Eggs house band as this year marks the group's fourth consecutive appearance.
But O.A.R. is certainly the big draw here. While I can remember seeing my high school classmates at the tiny Grand Marquis Cafe in Rockville nearly a decade ago, those days are long gone now. The band has established itself as one of the top touring acts in the country and has shown an ability to fill venues such as the Patriot Center and Merriweather Post. It has an especially rabid fanbase in this area, and you can bet that some of those fans will get in line well before the 7:30 a.m. admission time to try and secure a chance to see a free set by the band in such a small venue.
If you do head down, get there early -- certainly before 6:30 -- to join a mob of ready-to-rock twentysomethings on the sidewalk outside the club. Tuck into a greasy breakfast, washed down with a pint of beer from sponsor Guinness. The music starts at 8 and runs until noon; Elliot in the morning is broadcasting live, followed by Doni.
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