I'm not trying to be insensitive to anyone who found this site because they sought fire information, but when I woke up today, I intended to do my normal thing here- write about music in San Diego. Because I've been watching the news for almost 17 hours, I need to unfry my brain, so I'm gonna retrace the weekend as I promised I would a couple days ago.
When I left off, I had left the Matt Pond PA show at the Casbah to head to the Beauty Bar. When I got there, it was absolutely packed. I had missed SayVinyl, but walked in on a full Beauty Bar with full ass booty shakin to the tunes being spun by Gabe Vega. I promptly found Erika who poured me a sweet drink, then made my way to the patio for Silverbird.
(After all the fire blogging, I didn't get to continue this post until Thursday)
I was pleased to see that T-Bone was still 'filling in' until the band finds a new drummer, but in my own reality, I think of him as being an essential part to the band. He has a minimal setup, but plays it all just right to accompany what is an amazing alt-country band, and the fact that he is singing along, albeit without a mic, shows his passion for this music. He is the perfect fit, if only he wasn't already committed to 15 (grossly exaggerated) other San Diego bands.
Anyway, the show was beautiful, and here are the best pics I could grab from my crap camera.
OK, actually these pics might be in reverse order, because here's Anna Banana with Arnie from Arm The Angels, and we took this pic after the set, but nonetheless...here are the pics.
By the way, I should mention that I've seen Silverbird a handful of times but never had any recordings, and I found myself singing along to just about every song on their setlist. Admittedly, there are local bands that I love that will probably never gain an audience beyond San Diego, and then there are bands that you just know are going to break. Maybe not find worldwide million album sales or shit like that, but who will find their niche audience and be successful. I would like to think that Silverbird is one of those bands that people notice beyond our county lines because they are amazing. They could easily tour with Son Volt or Ryan Adams if those guys were open to touring with bands that are as good as they are.
So long story short, after the set I headed to the Ken. Anna and her friends came, too, as did Bubba from Silverbird. (By the way, that does officially count as 3 shows in one night, because we caught the ska tunes of the Hi-Lights. There were people skankin but that's just really not where my heart is so we hung back on the bar side of the Ken.) We were close to bar time, so we did some shots, then a herd of people came to my place and we drank and talked and drank and logged online to watch funny youtube videos (namely the owner of Apertivo going apeshit on people; not once but twice) and then finally everyone made their way home as I hit the hay.
I know in the afterhours everyone seems to speak nonsensically and there's a whole bunch of drama that can arise, but I had such a great time with friends, both new ones and old ones, that it almost feels perverse, catching people in the raw being completely honest. To me, therein lies the beauty of an after party.