Monday October 13th was my 13th wedding anniversary and the Saturday just prior became a date night for Amy (my wife) and me. We took in a concert by one of our favorite bands Pixies. I talked about how good the show was and how impressed I was with the opening act Royal Blood.
Royal Blood is a two piece band. There’s a drummer and a bass player. This bass player was not only able to use the bass to hold the bottom of the song, but also use it to cover the rhythm guitar parts and lead guitar parts all at the same time. AND he was doing all that playing while handling the singing. Impressive!
Saturday night was also the annual Zombie Pub Crawl night, so downtown Minneapolis was crawling with zombies. In fact, there were so many zombies that the Guinness Book of World Records certified the event as the largest gathering of people dressed as zombies ever at over 15,000 participants.
So, the Pixies put on an excellent show and I gushed about various aspects of their show. It was also one of the loudest shows I’d ever seen. I talked about each member of the played and their highlight moments.
The show was over by 10:30, and since our son was spending the night at my folks’ house, Amy and I figured there was no hurry to get home.
We hung out downtown for a while. At first we thought we’d go to First Avenue. Amy hadn’t been there in over eleven years and it had been more than two years for me. However, The Afghan Whigs were playing and the doors had just opened for that show. Also, the ticket price at the door was $35 each!
We figured a beer at the pub across the street was a more economical option.
We had our beer and watched the zombies and started to head home when we thought we’d give First Avenue one more chance. We did find a way in and for much less than $70. I wrote a blog about that way in last week.
This Oscar-winning documentary chronicles the search for a singer/songwriter who could have been the next Bob Dylan. He went be the name Rodriguez and he released two highly acclaimed albums that just didn’t sell. He disappeared. Many thought he had killed myself.
In the intervening years, his music many very popular in South Africa. He was a legend there, but nobody knew who he was or how he had died. A search began and this documentary covers that search and its result.
Second ad break bumpers: ‘Something Against You‘ & ‘Debaser‘ by Pixies
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle