Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis
I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. The show was set to go from 6:30-10 and I had to work until 7. It was a benefit for Planned Parenthood and is part of a series of shows to benefit worthy organizations put on by The Monkey House and Sean Hood.
I got out of work at 7 on the dot and ran over to the Monkey. I assumed I would miss one of the four bands but would be happy to catch what I could. Cricket Blue were on stage and playing as I got settled in and said hi to Jeremy Gilchrist. I wasn’t listening with full attention but still liked the sound of the new song they were playing. I got into focus mode and loved the guitar and vocal interplay on Quiet pt 2. They followed with Ode To Billy Joe and wrapped up the set. I missed a few songs but was happy with what I caught.
Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis
The emcee of the night, Annie Russell, got up and plugged Planned Parenthood and encouraged people to vote in the silent auction with poise and humor. I think she began the night with a stand up set, which was what let me catch a couple of Cricket songs.
Up next Silver Bridget took the stage. Matt Saraca rocked the electric guitar while John Townsend formed the rhythms with acoustic guitar and kick drums and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw soared over the top. They opened with Heart Of Gold then brought us to The End Of The World. And I Love Her was sweet then we went out to the Blue Bayou. They capped the set with Nowhere Man and the quiet and appreciative crowd was well pleased.
Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis
Annie came up for more announcements then made way for Danny LeFrancois and The Parts. Danny sang and played electric guitar and was joined by Steve Sharon on drums and Jason Pappas on bass. They opened with a heavy rocker that showcased Danny’s deep guitar sound. Driving All Alone was second and rocked hard too. The third song was a rocker about drinking and the fourth was a fast Irish ditty about a liquor store. The mellowed out for It’s A Shame and were joined by a fiddle player. I think his name was Jake. They brought Sean up to sing the next one and a distant memory made me cringe. It proved to be unfounded as Sean sang the heck out of a gorgeous song about Berlin after the wall or Oklahoma at dawn, or something like that. He stayed on stage for a cover of Achy Breaky Heart and that was the one I was worried about. It was fun and the audience liked it, so that was cool. After that, they called it a night.
The Parts pic by Tim Lewis
Annie came back and announced the auction winners then Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage hard and loud. They played a blistering Co-Pilot and kept rocking with My Favorite Bag. They eased up for the gorgeous If Only I Was Lonely then went back to full on rock for my new favorite song Send Him The Bill. They kept rocking with Burn It Down Bernadette and played one of the most intense versions of Little French Earthquakes that I’ve heard. They capped the night with Ninjas Vs Zombies and I was in a happy place.
I headed out pretty quickly and took the long happy bunny chasing walk home
Phil Yates & The Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis
Phil Yates and the Affiliates pic by Luke Awtry photography
I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. It was one of those classic shows that featured a band I knew nothing about, other then they had been playing around a bit, and one that I loved.
I took the lovely walk downtown, got in and settled and it was not long until The Parts began to play. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen John Rogone play drums somewhere before, know a little about singer/guitar player Danny LeFrancois, and have seen Jason Pappas play with Eastern Mountain Time. It felt like an opportunity to see them all play together. I’m not quite sure how to describe their sound. The first song sounded not unlike the Knack if they took a foray into jam. Many of the songs had country overtones, although a couple were almost pure country. There was definitely a psychedelic edge running through the guitar on many of the songs. The first couple were pretty cool and the third was a fun quirky instrumental jam. The fourth was almost a grunge song. They rocked a song about having a lover on a sunny day then went a little country for the one about starting to doubt you. They went really country for The Dukes Of Hazzard theme song. Since it was inauguration day, Dan ripped out a super psychedelic Star Spangled Banner that was glorious. They played a song that had a Crazyhearse vibe and a spacey country song with a Wilco vibe. They jammed out the mostly instrumental song that followed and closed their set by bringing up Sean Hood to co-sing Achy Breaky Heart with Dan. I’m not a fan of the song, but their vocal interplay caught everyone in the room. It was remarkable.
The Parts pic by Tim Lewis
During the set break I chatted with Luke Adam and a few others and Dan bought me a beer, and I was in a happy place.
Soon after, Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage and rocked it hard. I missed the name of the opening song, though am sure I should know it. For the second song, and in honor of inauguration day, they played a fun version of Camper Van Beethoven’s Take The Skinheads Bowling. It just seemed so right and sounded so great. Burn Burn Burn followed then they offered Three Cheers. They continued with songs such as I’m Thrilled and the quieter If Only I Was Lonely. Flicker was fun then they picked it up to full throttle with Ninjas Vs Zombies. They played the newish Favorite Bag then rocked super hard on Burn It Down, Bernadette. I missed the name of the next one, something about making it happen, then followed with the magnificent Little French Earthquakes. She Has Your Name had that gorgeous sound and both Co-Pilot and Masterpiece were lovely. They let out their inner Lizzie Borden on I Am A Hatchet. They rocked out The Replacements classic I will Dare then played the newish California Song. Might As Well Settle was another great rocker and I think they closed with The Pogues Tuesday Morning.
I left shortly after the last note, since I had to be at work in the morning and it was 1am. It was a wonderful time and I’m so happy I went out.
Phil Yates and the Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis
Jacob Blodgett from the Affiliates playing the glowing drumsticks pic by Tim Lewis
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