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Month: October 2010

Ha Ha Tonka @ Drake Underground

. : : October 18th, 2010 : : . I walked into the Drake Hotel characteristically early. I don’t like missing any songs in a set, even an opening act. So if doors are set for 8pm, you can expect me to be in line somewhere between 7:45 and 8:15. As I’ve re-discovered this year, time and time again, you never know when you’re going to fall in love with the opening bands. I try and make it a habit to avoid checking out the openers before going to the venue, so I arrive relatively carte blanche. I don’t want my experience tainted by…

Jim Bryson @ Horseshoe Tavern

. : : October 19th, 2010 : : . I mostly know Jim Bryson for his role in Kathleen Edwards‘ touring band. Sure, I saw Jim perform some of his songs on the night of the NXNE festival that first introduced me to Kathleen Edwards, but I was so enchanted by Kathleen that I was still processing the awesomeness and any memory of Jim’s set has since become a distant blur. Jim’s professional relationship with Kathleen kept him at the forefront of my “To Check Out (Soon Maybe Someday Possibly When I Get Around To It)” list, which I think we all have, but various…

Rocky Votolato @ Drake Underground

. : : October 18th, 2010 : : . I saw Rocky Votolato perform years before I was a fan. I still remember sitting on the floor of the Kathedral, watching and listening politely but not really totally into his solo / acoustic singer-songwriter bit. I had come to the venue to see local openers, The Postage Stamps, and Rocky was second in a three-band bill. The Postage Stamps were still a rather loud, rockin’ band in those days, so a single artist with an acoustic guitar in the middle slot was an odd choice, and dramatic change in energy. I wish I could go back…

Crash Test Dummies @ Great Hall

. : : October 14th, 2010 : : . I had no intention to see the Crash Test Dummies. After all, their biggest hits were all on the Adult Alternative charts when I was barely 10-years old. In fact, I was more familiar with Weird Al’s (errrr…) weird cover of what might arguably be their most well-known hit, Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. But the Crash Test Dummies, or rather what’s left of them, share a manager with one Ms. Colleen Brown. If this isn’t your first time on the blog, odds are fairly good you’ve at least seen her name posted around these parts once…

Danny Michel @ Glenn Gould Studio

. : : October 16th, 2010 : : . I’m always afraid when I leave the house that I’ve forgotten the tickets. The tickets, or something else of equal importance, that is. I’m a terrible procrastinator. I leave everything to absolutely the last possible second and then will tear around the house in a mad panic. Getting dressed, grabbing recorder and mics, checking batteries, wallet, cell phone, etc. And I’m always crazy paranoid that I’ve forgotten the concert tickets themselves. I never have, but it’s a deep-seated fear that one day I will. So, on Friday night, I stepped out of the…

Colleen Brown @ Great Hall

. : : October 14th, 2010 : : . Sorry for the long weeks of silence, musical friends. As outlined in other blog posts, I sent my recorder out for repairs it apparently didn’t need, and then had to consequently order new microphones. Decent stealth microphones aren’t something you can just pick up at any old Radio Shack, either. I ordered them, opting for the more expensive Express Shipping, in an attempt to get them in time for the slew of shows in the middle of October. Unfortunately, they didn’t arrive in time for the first of many more to come. But…