my god that was fun. it started in the parking lot, as all good nights should, drinking margaritas out of a big water bottle, so that the underage/underfunded could have a buzz too. and when i say underfunded? that would be all of us. the bands may have been a bargain but the beer was not. ?that’ll be eight dollars? — ?i only wanted one? — ?oh.?.
it was a benefit for Bill Locey, a local freelance music journalist and all around free spirit, who is having hip replacement surgery next month. Bill has great love for the local music scene, and the music scene loves him back.
now, i was there mainly to see the Jonathan Raffetto Band, and hope that they didn’t see me because i’m still lagging on their website. yes, i’m going to get to it. soon. i swear.
but the band that delighted me most was raging arb and the redheads. can you say party band? i knew that you could. they are a local institution, and now understand why. this picture was taken before the stage got really busy. there were about a half dozen sofas on the stage, and as the performance went on, it got more and more crowded, with people constantly weaving through the band to get to the kegger, which was sitting in front of the lead singer. that bright light on the stage? your common house lamp, which it was some guys job to turn off and on (my guess would be that would be their version of a lighting technician when they’re having their garage parties).
i was absolutely delighted by raging arb and the redheads. i have nothing but admiration for a band that throws an actual keg party on the stage.
it was a great night. i’ll leave you with this picture. you decide what it is.