Live Last Night: Tale Of The Tape
David and I went to two decidedly different shows last night and decided to compare notes afterwards - though my afterwards actually began before David had even left for his concert.
Here's how the concerts stacked up....
My show: The Neville Brothers = NoLa's first family of funk
David's show: headliner Little Howlin' Wolf = "acid-damaged, rough-voiced one-man hippie blues band"; Psychedelic [Expletive] = "lo-fi scuzz rock that makes their friends in Times New Viking sound like the Cars by comparison"; Fabulous Diamonds = "droney synth + drums duo, halfway between Suicide and Young Marble Giants"
Venue: The Birchmere
Venue: 611 Florida
Ticket price: $49.50
Ticket price: Tip jar. Says David: "It was 'pay what you can.' I didn't feel like hitting up an ATM, so I gave $3 and brought four bottles of Bud, an Amstel Light and a Peroni."
Pre-show announcement: No flash photography, turn off your cell phones
Pre-show announcement: If anybody has any money they can give for the bands, throw a few dollars my way
Pre-show music: New Orleans brass band
Between-set entertainment: Dusty Rhodes DVD
Crowd size: Capacity, roughly 500
Crowd size: 20 or so - "a great turnout for a house concert on a Tuesday night"
Setup: Percussion, organ, sax, Aaron Neville's biceps, drums, bass, guitar, keyboard
Setup: Little Howlin' Wolf = one guy with guitar/harmonica/kick drum; Psychedelic [Expletive] = drums, bass, singer/guitarist/keyboard noisemaker; Fabulous Diamonds = drums/keyboard
Lead singers: 3
Total members in three main acts: 6
Number of cowbells played on stage during the first song: 2
Number of headlining artists who used to be bounty hunters and street musicians and claimed that George Thorogood stole "Bad to the Bone" from him: 1
Where I watched: Sitting at a table with L. Freedom -- and four old(er) women who weren't sure how many Neville brothers were in the Neville Brothers
Where David watched: From a nook in the hallway
Number of guys sitting at the next table wearing shorts, high white socks, loafers: 1
Number of guys wearing straw fedoras, T-shirts and short shorts: 1
Set time: 7:32 to 9:10
Set time: Started some time around 10:15, David left at 1:20, with the show still in progress
Sustenance: Red beans and rice
Sustenance: "What's sustenance?"
Cost of said sustenance: $13.95 plus tax
Cost of band merchandise: $10 for LP, $3 for 7", or "trade 4 drugs"
Drum solos: At least 2
Solos of any kind: 0
Songs about New Orleans: A bunch
Songs about big, fat women: 1
Band members wearing T-shirts with Mardi Gras indians on them: 1
Band members wearing T-shirts with their own band or label names on them: 2
Aaron Neville 1966 solo hits performed by Aaron Neville: 1 ("Tell It Like It Is")
People in audience alive in 1966: 1
People sitting at the foot of the stage who waved white napkins during "Meet de Boys on the Battlefront": Approximately seven
People who fit in the room that the bands played in: Approximately seven
Time of check landing on table: 8:31
Time of random street person landing on the living room floor: 12:14. "Guy walked in off the street, proceeded to do some bizarre calisthenics and then fainted."
By J. Freedom du Lac |
July 2, 2008; 4:35 PM ET
Live Last Night
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