The middle of week two brought on a few new experiences and some familiar.
Tuesday I found myself at The Volstead, a dark bar that neighbors Hotel Vegas. The group of musicians called themselves the Counter Culture Collective Philharmonic. I had the chance to talk with a couple of the performers before things got started and from what I gathered, this is a group of musicians with tons of training and experience that come together to perform for the love of it. Composed of two cellos, two horns, two guitars and a violin, the sound they made together worked and flowed like a chaotic symphony. There’s no planning on when and how they play their instruments. Instead they took their cues from each other and the flow of the sound. With a music that has no beginning or ending, they played for the over an hour without stopping, but without song breaks, time seemed to go by quickly. Because they’re not a traditional band, you’re going to have to follow The Volstead’s Facebook page if you want to catch them again. I believe they’re going to perform once more in August, but nothing was set in stone. If they do though, you should definitely drop in.
Wednesday was an early day at KUT’s Studio 1A. During these 30 days, the few early shows I’m afforded are cherished. Definitely not taking for granted the few opportunities to spend time with my wonderfully supportive, slight neglected girlfriend and sleep at a normal hour. Performing in Studio 1A was John Paul White. Probably best known as one half of the duo “The Civil Wars“, John Paul was in studio promoting and performing songs from his new album “Beulah“. Even though he only performed a short set, what I heard from the songs and his own explanations behind the making of the record left me wanting more. With a little bit of Googling I found this great article from NPR talking about John Paul and the new album. I highly recommend checking it out for yourself here.
Thursday is where my week became somewhat familiar. On the night’s bill was Ruby and the Reckless with The Warplanes opening at The Continental Club. Two great bands I’d seen before at a historic venue I’ve been to on more than one occasion. These 30 days are all about trying new experiences, but every once and a while, throwing in something familiar gives me a bit of a recharge. It pumps me up and makes me so happy to see my friends performing on stage and doing what they love. Ruby and the Reckless are KUTX’s current artist of the month and for good reason. Lead by front woman/violinist Ruby Jane Smith, their mix of electric guitar riffs and hard playing violin is a sight and sound to behold. They just recently released a new video for their single “Rainbows” that is visually amazing. I’ll post it below. Though Ruby and the Reckless were the headliners, The Warplanes played like nobody told them that. With a sound that’s heavily influenced by Blues, Rock, and Soul, they played songs I was familiar with, having seen them before, but never get old. To me, they’re a band, along with Ruby and the Reckless, that with the right breaks, could be huge.
Week two is almost in the books and I’m still loving the music I’m hearing and the places I’m seeing. Obviously keeping up with the blog has proven to be a bit of a pain in the ass, but I think putting some time in between posts has helped a lot. As always, thanks for reading and for daily updates, follow my Facebook page.