Saturday, July 12, 2008

Swim Party, Henry Clay People, Writer @ Casbah 6.30.08

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing some of my favorite bands all in one place at the same time. Not only were locals Writer and Swim Party playing, but it was a little reunion with a bunch of other bands all at the Casbah to show their support. Not to mention, the ever awesome Henry Clay People from LA. That was such a good night and I had a grin from ear to ear. It was especially cool coming off the weekend that we had the party at my house.

The boys of Writer started off the night and blew our socks off. I'm really looking forward to their next album release. (I've subsequently seen them two more times since this particular show)

It was funny while watching the Henry Clay People that Matt Binder came up to me and pointed out that they deliver their music much like The Hold Steady because I had been thinking the same thing- telling stories through their music with preacher-like conviction- and they've become an out of town band that I always look forward to seeing.

For their final song, a cover of "Rockin in the Free World", Joey handed his guitar to Alex (from Swim Party) and Matt (Hotel St. George) took the mic and it was a full on party.

Finally, Swim Party took the stage and sounded amazing as always. I didn't really take many pictures, instead opting to take in the whole set, though I did record some video.

It was a perfect night, one that I didn't want to end, but it was really just a testament to the amazing things happening in our supposedly sleepy little city. And, as this whole summer has demonstrated, there's a ton of local stuff to continue to look forward to.

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