Election night 2016 at Nectar’s   Leave a comment

james-kochalka-at Nectar's November 8 2016 pic-by-chris Larrow

james-kochalka-at Nectar’s November 8 2016 pic-by-chris Larrow

I had an increasingly terrible time seeing music last Tuesday at Nectar’s. It was a slow day at work, for some reason, and I got out a little early. I got home and settled and started watching TV. The 7pm returns came in and looked like they usually did and indicated the night would not be the sweep I was hoping for. It didn’t matter, winning enough would be fine. I anxiously walked down to the club and got in and settled and watched some of the returns.

Soon enough, it was time for some music. Patrick Longley picked up an electric guitar and played a ripping version of The Star Spangled Banner. He left the stage and James Kochalka and his stunning band started in with a little Twinkle Twinkle Ringo Star. They played songs about God and Magic Fingers and Washing Your Ass. James was the usual over the top front man and is always entertaining. They rocked out Old North Ender, played the first version of Pump The Keg, then asked what’s the deal with the Triangle. He implored us to not break his heart and to Pump The Keg again. They played songs about Monkeys and Scientists and Astronauts then closed the powerhouse set with Fascist Bikes. They always put on a stunning show.

I wandered into the next room to watch the election returns and was a little surprised at some of the states that had not been called.

A loud sound from the other room signaled that Crazyhearse had begun. They played a set of slow and searing songs. Some ventured towards country and some let the searing sound explode into full on rock and roll. I really liked the whole set but when they played songs like Demon Moon and Windigo, I was in heaven. After seeing them, my friend Christopher Larrow said you are right. Why go see big shows when bands like that are playing around town.

crazyhearse-pic-by-chris-larrow

crazyhearse-pic-by-chris-larrow

I went to the other room and watched the returns and was surprised about the long list of states that were listed as too close to call. A little bit of worry settled in.

I looked in the other room and Dino Bravo VT were about to go on so I headed in. They rocked super hard and opened with an epic instrumental and dropped it into Sugar Coated Candy Stix. They played super fun songs like Pop Music and Two Car Garage. They played A Song About The Ocean and gave it an epic twin guitar solo crashing ending. I love that song, but Tuesday night’s version was fantastically over the top. A rocking version of Past The Mark followed and they closed the set with 20th Century Boy. It was glorious.

I walked into the other room and the list of too close to call states started to dwindle, and not in a good way.

Aspero Saicos set up in front of the stage, which looked a bit odd with drummer Bobby Hackney Jr. still being at the back of the stage, but looks were irrelevant. The band played some cool sixties sounding pop punk songs. One or two had a surf noir sound and a couple flat out rocked. All of the songs were compelling and I loved every moment of their show.

I walked into the other room and watched the map turn increasingly red. It was far from a done deal but there was little to get excited about.

I took my final walk into the stage room as Patrick got up and played the National Anthem again. The Dirty Blondes hit the stage hard and rocked us out of out glumness. They opened fast and heavy with Burn then implored us not to be Cry Babies. Drunk seemed quite appropriate then they played a furious Jacking Off. We all danced to the Kung Pao then they explained the night with Too Drunk To Vote. Slut rocked hard then they eased up with the gorgeous Oh Dirty Blondes. They got a little spiritual with Hallelujah then celebrated one of the finest drummers in the land, Ornan. They must have been a little low energy by the end of that one so they went looking for Yayo. They capped the night with the super fun That New Guy Is Not James Bond.

I ducked out fairly quickly and took the heavy walk home. I stayed up until 3. and with the race still not called, went to bed. I woke up at 6 to find the expected news. One thing is for sure. Even if life does not always go your way, you can find some terrific rock and roll all over the lovely city of Burlington Vermont.

I forgot my camera so thanks to Chris for these two pictures.

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