I already posted video from Two Gallants and Blitzen Trapper, but I also took several pics that night. I got at the Casbah earlier than I usually do because I wanted to see all three bands and also wanted to make sure my ticket winners were covered at the door. Andrea happened to arrive when I did, so we were set to hang for the night.
Songs for Moms started off the night. They're a three piece all female band out of Oakland. With a sound very similar to Two Gallants, it was easy to see how they fit on the tour.
This picture was actually taken after their set because I loved the drummer's hair (center) and since I'm getting a cut tomorrow, it was 'research'. Too bad that look wouldn't work for me.
Andrea and I watched the first half of Songs For Moms' set, but I was searching for someone, so we listened to the rest of the set from the smoking patio. We met Marty and Eric from Blitzen Trapper and talked to them until they had to load their stuff onstage. By this time the venue was filling up, and we got a chance to talk to Adam from Two Gallants for a bit, too.
I mentioned that the last time I saw Blitzen Trapper was kinda rushing around and didn't get to really take them in but this time I got the chance to really actively listen. I love their album "Wild Mountain Nation" but seeing the band perform the songs is really something. The band is high energy throughout their whole set. Their indie/country sound kinda reminds me of Brothers and Sisters and the music is upbeat. Natalie, Andrea, Malinda and I were up front having a blast.
Before Two Gallants started, I made sure to get right up front and center. I don't know if the show was a sellout, but it felt like it was. I was really surprised by the people in the crowd. I'd estimate that 80% of the crowd was guys and the whole show was one extended sing along. I've seen Two Gallants several times in the past, but this time they seemed to be looser. In the past, Adam has usually been in a hat while Tyson usually plays wearing a black hoodie, hair in front of his face. This time they seemed more comfortable, more open, less hidden, and it shone through in the performance of the music, playing songs from the new self-titled album, but throwing in a good selection of crowd favorites from "What the Tell Tolls" and "The Throes". Like I said, we were up front, but the crowd loved 2GS and had arms outstretched waving drinks in the air for almost the entire set.
After the show we hung in the patio for a while with the Blitzen Trapper guys who allowed me to go camera crazy.
It was a wonderfully fun night with incredibly talented musicians. I couldn't have asked for a better night.