Okay, I’m not sure what it is but I love it when local bands who can hold their own with original music against any national act, take a break and have a hell of a lot of fun playing a night of covers. First of all, we’ve seen these bands on countless occasions busting out their own tunes, with a cover thrown in here and there–but see a stretching exercise like this is simply fascinating. The first event I caught like this was Novembers’s Beatles Tribute Night at the Rogue and that evening was simply transcendental. I can’t imagine Wednesday night’s display of homage and affection at the Crescent Ballroom will be anything less than that as well–this is going to be an amazing evening and anyone that is in serious need of mid-week mindblower should be sure to check this out.
I’ve been excited about this since it was announced a couple weeks ago and as the evening approaches, my mind is reeling at what is in store. First of all, Dry River Yacht Club is going to perform The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band–I have been trying to wrap my mind around that since the event was announced and the possibilities are simply endless, I can only hope this is being recorded, because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be epic. Painted Faces will be covering various songs by Elton John, which is an exciting prospect in itself, simply for the treasures and interpretations they can dig out of the catalog from one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. Born Loser And The Hangers On will be taking on The Pixies Surfer Rosa, which is, without a doubt, one of my favorite albums of all time and the first I ever heard from The Pixies. Finally, Colorstore will be performing Tom Waits’ seminal classic Rain Dogs–Colorstore, Tom Waits, Rain Dogs–I’m not sure it can get much better than what that promises.
In fact, I’m not sure that the entire can get much better with what it promises from beginning to end. Four great local bands, performing four of my favorite artists, three of which are focused on three of the greatest albums of all time. This is an amazing evening and apparently, it’s only the start as another such event is planned for January. What’s more is that the event is also in support of charity, proceeds will benefit The Boys and Girls Club and Rosie’s House. Not only can you have a fantastic evening enjoying some of your favorite local acts busting out some classics and stepping outside of their idiom, but you can go away feeling that your money went to a great cause as well. The doors open at 7pm, with music starting at 8pm, the cover is only $7 and worthe ever penny. Take some time to head downtown and dig into something unique, you won’t be sorry and it’s the middle of a four day week or less for most of us, you probably deserver the break. This is a decidedly singular experience and lets face it, you should probably go, rather than wishing you had for many months–treat yourself right and watch these talents Cover The Crescent.