Rockcrowd #9 was a different experience for me. It was a bit like watching the movie, The Wrestler. Edwin McCain is known for this mega-smash-hit "I'll Be" - which is probably one of the Top 5 Wedding tunes of the past 15 years or so. Personally, I love his album "Austin Sessions" He has an incredible voice.
But this wasn't that vision I had of Edwin. This was Red Devil Lounge. This joint:
Not a sexy place for performing. This dugout is the kind of joint where, there isn't a GOOD seat in the house. Awkward stage angle, stage next to the bathrooms and pillars blocking almost any view. Bartender washing dishes during the performance - or yelling at the drunk lady "I'M CALLING THE COPS RIGHT NOW." Fat lady eating stinky Mexican food she brought in. Bar staff talking loudly, trying to pick up chicks during the performance. Cheesy drinks, like Starfucker (Rockstar + double Stoli.) A bathroom door that could seriously use some WD40. And more. SO much more.
It was a creative writing dream. I guarantee next time I need a hard-boiled detective shithole, I've found it. I may go there every night for a month with a pad of paper.
Edwin talked about "coming home from the warehouse" Not sure if it was a venue or a job? But Edwin's voice belting over the mess this place produced still made me smile:
And my mysterious bride enjoyed hearing one of her favs. (Seriously, getting Shawn Mullins, Rhett Miller, Pete Yorn and Edwin McCain in 3 months - we pretty much heard the soundtrack of the beginning of our relationship 7+ years ago - if not the most current of music scene!)
Things are going to slowdown for us a bit here. A gig once every 2 weeks or so. But who knows... (3 pints + the StubHub app is dangerous.)