Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Fest, Catching Up, February 18, 2010

Going all the way back to the 18th, which seems like eons ago...first off, check out an earlier post for some words about Blurple who opened the show that night. Charles Mansfield was up next with a series of emotional songs, including one about a tatooed gal and another that references Frank Sinatra attempting suicide in a hotel elevator. I can't verify that Frank Sinatra did try suicide in an elevator but it's an effective hook for a song....

I wanted to mention the return of Lance Romance (playing as MILF City) to Sidewalk after a long time away. It was great to hear songs like Sexy Bowler Girl, Mrs. Doubtfire and the one about Andre the Giant's Posse. Although Lance seemed a little more low key than I remember him, it was still a nice set--although, ok, truthfully I did wish he would have played the urinal song! Sorry I didn't get to say hello Lance.

Barry Bliss has developed a beard of remarkable proportion. He is putting to shame the Amish and Chasidic people I know. I really liked this long song he did in which he told his life story in detail. I usually find that specific life details in songs have to be handled carefully or the songs can sound like bad diary entries. But Barry's song was nothing but specific detail-- and somehow in that way it was broadly relevant.

Emily Moment sang this interesting song about whether or not to sing political songs (In the middle of it she ends up quoting that Rod Stewart song Maggie May as an example of a pop hit that steered away from politics). I hadn't heard that one before and it was a cool way of actually touching on politics even though that seems not to be Emily's particular bent.

Bernard King put together a roster of nearly 20 performers who focused on work by or relating to Hans and Sophie Scholl, young German dissidents who stood up against the Nazis and were eventually sentenced to death for their outspokenness. Folks like Preston, Charles Mansfield, Randi Russo, Magali and Andrew Hoepfner, among others, read works by Hans and Sophie or sang relevant songs. It was an interesting way to be introduced to a touching part of history.

Jason Trachtenburg's group The Pendulum Swings featured a trumpet and tenor sax, as well as bass and drums plus Jason on the piano. The larger group enabled Jason to step away from the piano some and sing at the front of the stage. Jason played some of the songs we've come to know and love---Everybody Loves the Clown, Must Be Somebody's Birthday, I Don't Want to Tempt Time. The horn players took some jazzy solos too...

It was late as heck by then and I couldn't stay for Smoke.

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