Fifty on Their Heels got the crowd going as usual and Junior managed despite his mic stand repeatedly sagging so he had get underneath it to sing into it.
During "I am The Riot", Junior jumped into the crowd with his mic and let the New Motherfuckers take over on vocals.
After the set, it was nice to talk to the guys from The North Atlantic, but after a while I just had to get outta there. I can only handle so much BB in a night, you know? I've gone back and forth with my feelings about that place, but really, until that one bartender is cut, I'll never feel completely comfortable there. You know the one...the one that looks right at you with your money in your hand and still won't serve you a drink.
I made my way back to the Ken Club but I'd missed the bands, so just hung with some friends until closing time.
Saturday was the peak of my cold but I wasn't gonna let it stop me. In the evening I went to Ponce's for Cinco de Mayo. They had a special menu of small servings of food, like mini taquitos, TJ style tacos, mulitas, nachos, and quesadillas priced $3-$5 to go with their drink specials. Some tables were taken out to make room for higher tables for mingling. I had a couple margaritas and some food and was feeling the Cinco de Mayo energy. A friend cancelled plans to go watch the fight, so I asked around and found out Rodrigo, who works at Ponce's was getting it. I went to the gathering at his house with about 15 other people as Mayweather defeated De La Hoya in a split decision fight. I found the fight kinda boring considering all the shit talking that lead up to it.
After the fight, I made my way to the Ken Club which had $2 margs all night. The bar was pretty crowded but it was definitely a good time. I hopped between the bar and the band room, but only caught 2 of the 4 bands.
Madison Bloodbath are from the Inland Empire and play guitar driven rock/punk. I liked them, but I couldn't sit still, so I watched just a few songs then made my way back to the $2 happy juice.
The next band I actually saw was Underground Railroad to Candyland. Early on they played a sped up version of New Order's "Age of Consent" and got the crowd's early attention. There were a couple piñatas making their way around the room and the room was really energetic.
Overall it was a great night at the bar...cheap drinks, bumped into old friends, and evev met some new ones (thanks for the drinks, Christopher). Gotta say it was a good night.
Sunday I took my dog to the Healing Arts festival. We got there as Steve Poltz finished up and I was surprised that after all these years, Steve still gets such a huge response from people lining up to meet him and say hi after.
I bumped into some friends there, but my dog wasn't happy with the crowd and all the free massages had been booked, so after walking around to all the booths, I left. Later I was supposed to have gone to the Belly Up, but I decided staying home with HBO was a better alternative. This is another packed week of good stuff so let's get on with the week, shall we???