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Great Western at Juniper and The Mountain Says No at Radio Bean March 21, 2014   Leave a comment


I had a great time seeing music Friday night. I got out of work at 7 and got a message that David L. Jarvis was hanging out at the OP. Mike Luoma and I headed down and chatted for a bit. A little after 9, my musical muse dragged me over to Juniper to catch some songs from Great Western. Juniper is a lounge in the lobby of the swanky Hotel Vermont, so it’s not a rock venue. I saw Swale there once and they had to keep it pretty mellow. Great Western played some sweet songs with great articulation on the guitar and some really great drumming. The bass player kept things solid and steady and the violin player added a layer or warmth to the music.

They had a few moments where they were starting to rock out a little, but held back. At the end of the first set they were asked to turn the music down, apparently it was a request from the second floor. The second set opened very mellow, but they brought it up a bit. I wanted to rock out, and there was no way they were going to, but they play some really sweet songs, and I enjoyed myself, despite everything. They wrapped the night with Think I’ll Stay, which has a great riff that I find myself humming often, then played a John Prine song as a demanded encore.

After that, I skipped back to the OP, and chatted with Dave and Mike a bit more. Mike took off, and Dave was meeting a friend at the airport. Around 11:30 we split up and I took the long walk to the Radio Bean.

A band just finished and I settled in as The Mountain Says No set up. They opened with the title song and rocked the place hard. Aaah, there it is! Their set is becoming familiar and I’m loving the sprawling heavy rock music they play. Somewhere in the middle they played the I’m With The Bomb song, and they closed the night with the song about one statistic. They were as wonderful as always and I walked home with a heart full of joy.


Milton Busker at Radio Bean, Swale at Juniper and The Mountain Says No & Black Rabbit at Manhattan Pizza March 7, 2014   1 comment

I had a great time seeing music last night. I knew there was no way I could see all that I wanted, but set up an ambitious plan and carried it through. I got out of work at 7 and did a quick turn around and was at Radio Bean a little after 8. Milton Busker was on and playing his heart out on acoustic guitar. His playing was subtle and exciting at the same time. His songs evoked a full band, but it was just him on stage. I was pretty mesmerized for the set until the last song where he just rocked hard and I bopped around in joy.
After he finished I headed to Juniper and saw Swale play in a lobby. There were a bunch of people sitting around chatting and Swale set up and played a bunch of their most gentle songs. Gorgeous versions of Soul Piggy Bank and Middlesex left me blissfully happy. A couple of songs wanted to rock a bit, but they held it tight. It just wasn’t a rocking environment, but it was so great to hear them play. I knew I could not stay for the whole show, so when the clock said go, I slipped out the door.
I cruised down to Manhattan Pizza and Pub and settled in, but soon The Mountain Says No hit the stage with a furious version of their title song. The rest of the set was high energy rock and roll, and it was great. I’m still learning their songs, but I really like several of them. I loved every moment of their set, and hope to see them again soon.
After a quick break, Black Rabbit came on and rocked the place hard. Familiar songs like Neighborhood and 89 were balanced with newer songs like the one about the cold. In honor of the mural on the wall, they covered The Ramones song I Don’t Wanna go down to the Basement. They had me rocking from first note to last, and I was overflowing with joy.
As the last note faded away, I grabbed my coat and hit the road. I got a pretty good night’s sleep, and now it’s time for work and then do it all over again tonight. This time, with a little less walking.