Pat McGee Band – Reunion at The Birchmere

I have been very terrible at posting about the concerts I have been to in the past year. Considering my friends and I just picked up some GA floor tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s April show in DC, I’m getting pretty excited about shows to come. So I’m going to work backward between now and The Boss. Here is my most recent – a Pat McGee Band reunion show at The Birchmere. If you haven’t seen PMB play, you should. If you haven’t been to The Birchmere – go. When PMB plays The Birchmere, it’s a must see. It’s a small venue, has table service, and the waitress will yell at people if they stand up in front of you!

The setlist (from setlist.fm) is below. Quite a long show at almost 3 hours! As you can see, they pulled out a lot of the old stuff. We had a decent view from the side of the stage. The only thing between us and the band was the soundboard. I just wish I had something other than the iPhone to take pictures with. Turns out, there were people right up front with DSLRs – although the venue’s website says no cameras, I guess they won’t complain unless you are the dumbass using a flash, or the band has a problem with it. Next time, I will take my chances.

Pat McGee Band Setlist The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, USA 2012

Obama Owes Me Some Steel Panther

It’s been a while. I feel like I should update on all of the good shows I have seen in the past year. First, I will start with the show I most recently didn’t see. The plan was to go to LA for a volunteer gig and stay an extra two days so I could be there for Monday night and Steel Panther! It’s becoming my routine for LA trips.

My friend hooked us up with tickets at House of Blues and four of us were planning to go. While enjoying a blended mocha from Coffee Bean, I got a call from the friend saying that the Obama fundraiser at House of Blues that day (already causing road closings and traffic) would be delayed. Thus, canceling all other events at HoB that evening. Yeah, that cancelled Steel Panther!

I live in DC. I already have to deal with road closings, delays, motorcades, and Obama on a daily basis. When I go to LA this happens too? So, Mr. President, I believe you owe me a flight to LA, Steel Panther tickets, and two days of vacation from work. Please take it out of your fundraiser money, that will help solve two problems.

Steel Panther – 9:30 Club

Satchel & Michael StarrI can’t believe I haven’t posted anything yet about the Steel Panther show on April 7 at the 9:30 Club in DC. So here it is. In support of their 2009 release Feel The Steel, the Panther rocked their entire album minus one song, “Stripper Girl.” Apparently they decided to leave this song out of their set because “they couldn’t close a metal show with a ballad.” So they covered Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart” instead. Earlier in the show we were treated to original gems such as “Community Property,” “Fat Girl,” “Party All Day,” and “The Shocker.”

This was my fourth time seeing Steel Panther, two times at the Key Club in Hollywood, and once at the M3 Rock Festival last year. They tend to do mostly covers in their LA shows, and while the set was all original songs at the M3 Festival, it was an outside show in the afternoon – not an ideal Panther setting. So the 9:30 Club show definitely met expectations. They are now playing regularly at the House of Blues in Hollywood, so if you are in LA, they are a must!

Lexxi Foxxx

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get many good shots of the show, but here are a couple. I also have a few more on my tumblr feed.

After the show, Coach and I went to the downstairs bar to have a final drink, where we saw Lexxi Foxxx without his signature hair. I had to do a double take to realize who he was. Still, Lexxi, Satchel, Stix, and Michael are the hardest rocking band out there.

Frontiers – The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band!

FrontiersI forgot to post pictures from last month’s Frontiers show. If you aren’t aware, Frontiers is THE premiere Journey tribute band. Seriously, they have the sound and the lead singer even has some of Steve Perry’s mannerisms. I had not been to a Frontiers show in a number of years (there was rumor that the imitation Steve Perry left the band), but they were back at Clarendon Grill on March 6, and we couldn’t miss them.Frontiers

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the show, but the full gallery is on my flickr page. I apologize for the graininess, but hey, they were taken with my Blackberry in low light in a bar. What can I do?

Cool as iDogg

My friend Ivan (aka “iDogg”) visited recently and kept going on and on about this Vanilla Ice movie from the early 90’s called “Cool as Ice.” Apparently he had recently been to a screening of this classic at a local movie theater. He was excited to see it again, because it was not available on DVD (big surprise). Ivan suggested that I do what I can to see this movie. Luckily, when browsing titles available on Netflix streaming this weekend, I stumbled on “Cool as Ice” being a newly available movie. Of course, I had to watch it, and it is every bit as awesomely bad as Ivan had described. If you saw my tweets from Friday night, you could tell how great of a time I was having!

After Ivan’s visit, he sent me the below email in an effort to more fully describe the movie to me and to again encourage me to check it out. This email is unedited, and for those of you who know Ivan, you will probably find this very enjoyable.

here’s a link to a music video from one of the songs in the movie (“cool as ice”)… amazingly, every image you see in the video was also in the movie.

some of my favorite highlights/lowlights:

1) IMDB lists the movie as a 91-minute movie.  the movie literally has a 5-minute music video at the beginning, and then a different 5-minute music video at the end.  it’s really an 80-minute movie.  the dance choreography during the music videos is not only dated (lots of running man) but there are also moments that would be laughable/horrifying if you even saw the movie in 1991… the most horrifying part being that vanilla ice and another dancer do a series of flips while holding each other in a 69-orientation.

2) a main theme of the movie is that vanilla ice can do anything with his motorcycle.  in the opening minutes, he somehow jumps his bike over a fence to ride his bike next to a girl on a horse.  this scene is edited so poorly, it’s shockingly hilarious.  he also jumps his car through the wall of a partially completed house, and over a corvette.

3) one of the best unintentionally funny scenes in the movie is when vanilla ice and his love interest decide to hang out in a partially constructed house and then playfully run in and under wood beams of the frame of the house. (1:48 of the link above shows 1 second of this 3-minute montage scene).

4) 2:12 of the link above shows highlights of a scene where local teens hang out at. i have no idea who wrote this movie, perhaps someone who was 60-years old in 1991 and had no idea what young people in america were even like in 1991. this scene made no sense even if you were in 1991. apparently, whoever wrote this movie believed that everyone dressed like “revenge of the nerds” and had no style whatsoever and all wear button down items and thick glasses… but vanilla ice and his gang wear bright absurd clothing and that is what is “cool”

5) creepiest scene in the movie (but not in the music video) – love interest goes to bed. it’s morning, and someone slips a piece of ice into her mouth… and then they pan to vanilla ice who is laying next to her in her bed… despite the fact that she has never invited him into her house before. she wasn’t even surprised by this!

6) best quotes:  “drop that zero and get with a hero”; “let’s gee oh” (instead of “let’s go”, he spells out “go”).

7) overall, the movie was even more unintentionally funny than i imagined, because there are so many things that made absolutely no sense and are never even explained.  vanilla ice says to love interest:  “so, do you like having parents and stuff?”  and there’s really no follow-up to this.  vanilla ice is basically a cross between a fighter, Hasselhofffrom knight rider, and a detective who solves crimes.

Thank you Ivan for turning me on to such an amazing movie. If you are interested in more of what Ivan has to say, you can follow him on twitter.

The Dan Band Kicks Off My 2010 Concert Season!

It has been a while for the blog, but the 2010 concert season kicked off for me last weekend with The Dan Band at 9:30 Club in DC. As always, they are very entertaining with some of my favorite guilty pleasure songs that they cover. They even added some new songs to the encore with “Single Ladies” by Beyonce and The Dan Band interpretation of Pink’s Grammy performance of “Glitter In The Air.”

I took a few grainy pictures with my blackberry during the show, but I wish I brought in the Flip to capture the “Glitter In The Air” performance, as it was absolutely amazing. You can see from some of the pictures what it was like – I honestly thought they were going to fall out of the sheets and land in the crowd at one point. But that’s the beauty of The Dan Band…they screw it up and it’s all the better for it. To get a full perspective on what they were trying to accomplish, I recommend viewing the actual Grammy performance below.

And lucky for me and my lack of video, YouTube is able to save the day and show you The Dan Band interpretation:

Now, the real story to our Dan Band concert actually begins the last time they were in town, when my friend, let’s call her “Jacalicious,”  became Dan Band Fan #1 and we spent some time hanging with the band in the downstairs bar after their show. This led to quite a story that I won’t go into here, but is relevant due to the fact that the band remembered us when they saw us at the bar after the show this time.

Quickly re-igniting their friendship, “Jacalicious” and members of the band recounted their last meeting and discussed the most recent set. When asked about the Pink cover, we encouraged them to keep it in the set, but agreed that not everyone in the audience “got it.” Sounds like shows in LA did get it, as I would imagine would also be the case in NYC.

To round out the night, I believe “Jacalicious” is now facebook friends with the band. Well done.

I am C-Pain

Last night, I was watching American Idol with my roommate, Coach. Afterward, Coach was apparently thinking “I wish I could make my voice sound like T-Pain.” Turns out, there’s an app for that.

So, of course, Coach had to buy the $2.99 gem (as did I). Here is C-Pain (aka Coach-Pain) in the studio recording “Buy U a Drank.”

And if you are curious what the final cut of the C-Pain track sounds like, here you go.

So if you and your friends want to sound like C-Pain and Auto-Tune your voice, peep it here: http://iamtpain.smule.com/ And if you want to hear a higher quality cut of C-Pain’s “Buy U a Drank,” you can listen here. You can have hours of enjoyment just like we have. Who knows, maybe C-Pain will be joined by T-Pain (my last name starts with a T, what can I do?) for a phat recording of “I’m On A Boat,” which is also available for download!