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Physics Club and Swale at Light Club Lamp Shop December 23, 2017   Leave a comment

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Physics Club with Tyler Bolles pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop. The walk downtown was a little challenging with lots of puddles on the sidewalks hidden by snow, but I made it intact and got in and settled in plenty of time for the show.

The evening began with a sad note as Abraham was unable to attend. This left Irene and Rex as Physics Club to face off in a battle of wills, and judging from the white tops, potential judo. They sang cheery songs about how nobody wants to see your business in Washington DC and about spending Christmas time alone and not going out. They sang a delightful piece about how they were gonna be mad and one about eating too many candy canes. Delicious honey ham was a recurring theme. The songs were so wry the audience was on the verge of cracking up for the whole show and often went over the edge. The band wondered what Santa was mad about and how Christmas is a time we give gifts to Jesus, since it’s his birthday. They hoped we were happy with what they made us since they did not have any money and sang about fruitcake. The whole show was measured with restraint and surly discussions between the band members that were played for maximum enjoyment. They were joined by a banjo player for a song about drunk Uncle Ricky at the holiday party then Irene ripped off the white robe and clad in bright red and belted out a song about how everything smells like Christmas. I doubt I came close to capturing how funny the show was, but if you ever get a chance to see them, do so.

 

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Physics Club turning into Swale pic by Tim Lewis

Up next SWALE took the stage. Amanda Gustafson was still in the post Irene red and Jeremy Frederick left Rex aside. They began the evening by calling Ashley Betton to the stage. She has a huge voice and made Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) sound amazing. Tyler Bolles sang about Christmas in the drunk tank on a fun version of Fairytale of New York, then they brought John to the stage to sing about Dominic The Donkey. It was silly and fun and featured some serious Hee Haws. Ryan Ober joined them for I Can’t Have A Merry Christmas Mary (Without You) which rocked nicely. Mele Kalikimaka added a little warmth to a chilly evening. Caroline Marie was just there to see the show but the band pressed her into service for Wham’s Last Christmas and of course she rose to the occasion and made it sound great. Swale rocked us around the Christmas tree then played a funky instrumental Jingle Bells. They brought Ashley back for This Christmas Shake A Hand then referenced their video for Baby It’s Cold Outside as Amanda sang It’s time to take a break, then stopped. Tyler picked up the banjo and everyone in the room recognized Hallelujah until he started singing the delightfully altered lyrics about Santa and the Grinch and about how Leonard hated what people did to his song. The crowd was in awe and sincerely sang the title part at the end of the song over and over a few times. It was magical. They brought Ryan back for a rocking Run Run Rudolph, and he stayed for a hop hop song (Christmas In Hollis?). Urian Hackney was just there to see the show but the band pressed him into service to sing Merry Christmas I Don’t Want To Fight and his deep voice sounded great. Tyler sang a song about dancing the Christmas polka then Eric Olsen surveyed the crowd to see who would sing the next one. A woman named Emily agreed and took the stage and did a great job on Feliz Navidad. Brett Hughes was sitting in the audience but played the bells on the next one as they brought Ashley back to sing Happy X-Mas (War Is Over). They closed the night on a quiet note. Swale played gently and let Matt LaRocca’s violin lead as the audience sang Christmas Time Is Here and you could feel the gentle joyous emotion floating in the air.

I did not stay too long after it ended and took the challenging walk home with a heart full of joy.

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Ashley Betton

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Matt LaRocca on violin

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John singing about Dominic the Donkey

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Ryan Ober

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Caroline

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Urian Hackney

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Emily