Well, it was another two day mini-tour for Streak this past weekend, starting off with Zeitgeist in Pittsfield, MA on Saturday, and then Cambridge, MA on Sunday for the 5th Annual Mass Morgue Halloween event. Since they were both Halloween themed shows, Chris had the idea of dressing up as a famous duo. Thelma and Louise, after they went off the cliff (sorry if I just ruined the end of the movie for you), was the end result. Check out the pictures in the Flickr photo stream. It was the first time I ever “cross dressed,” but it was easy at least coz Thelma (Geena Davis) wore a black t-shirt and jeans at the end of the movie. Chris looked more like his character, Louise, coz he had a really good wig for the part. Plus, he’s really pretty anyway, hah! At least now I have a bra I can wear again if I ever feel like it. Man, I don’t know how you ladies wear those things! That thing was driving me nuts! Since Thelma was properly laid by Brad Pitt in the movie, here’s the picture I had on my shirt for the shows…
First, the pre-show event… Food and beer with Chris, Angela, and Adria at the Old Forge in Lanesborough, MA. A very cool place, with a sizable beer selection. I wanted to try a Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, but it was $20 for a single 12oz bottle! I guess I won’t feel so bad when I buy one at the local packie for $9. I got a Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale instead. Very good. Then I got a Green Flash Brewing Co West Coast IPA. I thought it was awful for an IPA, but I think maybe it was skunky or something. I donno, I’ve since read a lot of glowing reviews about this brew, and I’ve had their Imperial IPA before which I thought was awesome, so I might have to give it a second chance sometime. They were doing a keg tossing contest outside while we were there. I should have participated, but I didn’t think we had enough time. I probably could have, though. Doh!
The show in Pittsfield was at this small art gallery called Zeitgeist. The place was ok, but it wasn’t really equipped to handle live music. No stage, no sound equipment, and not enough power to handle our PA and amps. The DJ that was there may have been sucking some of our power too, which we didn’t really realize until the next day. Oh well. Thankfully, the other band, Forever Autumn, let us use a couple of their smaller amps so we could proceed with the show. However, because of this different setup, I had no electronics going to my in-ear monitor. This made playing drums a little difficult, especially during the song Groovy Booty. In most of the songs, I have a click track to keep me in time, but in that song I don’t coz I like to follow the electronics. Therefore, I had nothing to keep me in time. I didn’t want to just give up, but I really had no choice. I knew it was sounding like shit coz I was way off, and I wasn’t gonna keep going like that for five more minutes.
The technical issues we were having, coupled with the fact that there was no bar at this place so I could get a beer to calm me down, got me a little frustrated. When I was taking the legs off of my drumset with my rubber mallet, I hit it too hard and cracked one of the joints. This made for a special trip to Home Depot on Sunday morning. Damn temper.
There were a lot of Streak superfans there, including Pat, Joe, Mysi, Brandy, Krista (in a pretty sweet inflatable penis costume, see it in the Flickr stream), and others I’m sure I’m forgetting. The turnout was great, and the fans were very cool to be patient while we worked through some of our technical troubles.
On to Sunday, and the pre-show event… the four of us went to the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, MA for food and beer. This is my new favorite place to get beer when in Boston. 112 taps, and 380 bottled microbrews! I’m like a kid in a candy shop at this place! I tried some great brews… Heavy Handed IPA by Two Brothers Brewing out of Illinois, and Titan IPA and Denver Pale Ale by Great Divide Brewing Co out of Denver, Colorado. So many more beers to try there, so little time.
The 5th annual Mass Morgue show in Cambridge was at the Cantab Lounge downstairs, which is this small, dark, almost dungeon-like room, perfect for a Halloween show. Uncle Big Time played the Mass Morgue at the Cantab last year, and I had a blast, playing a set of old school Ministry songs. This show, to me, was the most anticipated show of the year for Streak. There was a great lineup of local electronic/rock bands, including The Shadows Smile, Lucretia’s Daggers, and Eternal Embrace. All of the performances were awesome, and there was also a DJ and gothic bellydancers to round out the evening. It was another great turnout, including a high UBT representation by Tom, Charlie, and Lezlie. Plus, a couple good friends and new Streak fans Lauren and Ernie came out, which was really cool.
I’ve always loved playing in the Boston area, and I think I was on top of my game for this show. I was feeling good, and ready to drink some beers! Long Trail Brewing Co. IPA was on tap, always an excellent beer. Also, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. gets an honorable mention for their Pale Ale, another damn tasty brew available in bottles at the Cantab.
To me, the only thing better than being drunk and having a great time at a show, is watching someone else who is way more drunk and acting like a total nut. There was this guy at the show who was apparently enjoying himself quite a bit, hollering and making quite a spectacle out of himself. Normally, I wouldn’t do this to someone, but, he was hitting on all the girls in the club, including my lady friend quite a few times, and was being kind of annoying. He seemed harmless, so it wasn’t really a big deal, and he was actually pretty funny. So, I would now like to present to you, “The Seven Stages of the Super Drunk Guy.” Enjoy.
Until next time…. Peace…
Currently drinking: Old Rusty’s Red Rye Ale (6.5% ABV), Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA