Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop and Rough Francis, Cave Bees, and Jessica Rabbit Syndrome at Higher Ground August 11, 2018   Leave a comment

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Hana Zara pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop and Higher Ground. I got out of work at 5:30 and had time to eat and hang out at home before driving downtown. I parked near the lamp shop and got in and settled.

The room slowly filled as Hana Zara took the stage and got ready to play. A group of people walked in and sat in the back and began chatting. Hana asked if we were ready to listen, and they quieted down. The room was virtually silent as she opened with a couple of songs about love and being yourself. She began with one about a final battle cry that is one of love and followed with a song about how that being deep inside you will be your guide. She recommended finding it and saying hi. She played a song about disastrous relationships called The Cats and a sequel that was inspired by going to an ex’s house and psyche. It was called Little Fires and the room stayed transfixed. She played a song about the people out destroying the Earth called The Toy then a sequel that she had finished earlier in the day. It was about change and how we are the the thing that is changing. She quietly sang Hooray Hoorah to close the set. The audience wanted more so she played House Of Mirrors for a friend in Nebraska. She is an amazing performer and always fills my heart.

 

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Jessica Rabbit Syndrome pic by Tim Lewis

I said a quick goodbye and zipped out the door. I drove to Higher Ground and could hear a band playing as I walked in the door. I got into the room as they were wrapping it up. Jessica Rabbit Syndrome said they had one more and rocked out a song called Bacchus D. They had a heavy stomping indie grunge sound that made me wish I had arrived earlier. I need to catch them for real soon.

I chatted with a few cool people in the star-packed room then Cave Bees took the stage. They opened hard and fast with Mine All Mine then let loose the 22-R, I Need A Raise had a slower stomp then they kicked it back up with Round Sum. I Don’t Need This Anymore rocked hard then we started riding The Golden Goose. They eased back to a ’50’s groove for Muskrat Love but were back at full speed for the laser beam eyes part at the end. They rocked the Queen City then sang about the Lunacy. Juliet kept up the furious pace and Sister Blue was nice and heavy. They closed with Sweet Pussy and I was in a happy place.

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Cave Bees pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out for the set break then Colin Nicholas Clary walked on stage and put on a record. The intro music was fun then ROUGH FRANCIS took the stage. They opened fast and heavy with I-90 East and kept up the pace for Ruffians. MSP2 rocked hard then they eased up a little for Don’t Look Back. By the end of the song Paul was in the audience shredding on his guitar. Not A Nice guy was furious. I missed the name of the next one but it put the audience over the edge and the mosh pit began. They finally got to the album they had just released and rocked Big Box Law Enforcement hard. Geese and Good Person kept the intense pace then they eased up for the anti-Nazi song Walk On By. They brought the energy back up with Retrosexual then warned us of the dangers of Meth Mouth. They told us of the Earthquake that is coming and closed the set with a powerhouse version of Procession 1. The audience encore call was a bit anemic but they were gracious enough to come back anyway. Comm To Space is one of the greatest songs and they played an epic version.

I headed out pretty quickly and took the quick drive home. I’m so lucky to have so much great music always around me.

 

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Rough Francis pic by Tim Lewis

#HGVT

 

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