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@Plan B, 11:28 p.m., YoungBlood Brass Band, Crowbar (Leilani) The high octane, six-horn blast of brass-driven funk and groove music from YoungBlood Brass Band gets me bobbing and swaying from the get-go, and though I only catch the last few songs of their set, I’m left grinning from ear to ear.
@Plan B, 11:45 p.m., Funny Bunny, Market on 7th (Julie) A couple of years ago, multi-instrumentalist Aaron Lepley cheated on his longtime November Foxtrot Whiskey bandmate Damon Dougherty to jam with his life-mate Kim Stein-Lepley. After a lark and a dabble, the spheres have converged and Lepley consented to allow drummer Damon Doughterty to dip his expert chocolate in his and Ms. Kim’s sultry peanut butter, and the confection they’ve created is mighty tasty — a swirl of traditional rock and experimental psychedelia. Stein Lepley’s vocal prowess harks back to badass rock chicks like Siouxisie Sioux and Deborah Harry, but she reins it in expertly, knowing when to simmer and when to sizzle. The trio’s show is a fun way for us to cap off our night. We enjoy the lovely ladies wearing paper bunny ears, hopping about to the hypnotic poppy sounds of a new-old Tampa band. Funny bunnies, indeed.
@Plan B, 11:46 p.m., The So So Glos, The Social Club (Leilani) As much as I love Saskatchewan, I want to check out sneery Brooklyn act The So So Glos (a band I haven’t seen) more. We arrive at the tail end of their set and are treated to a trainwreck of DIY punk hilarity when half of the dozen or so people left start making their way out, leaving the room nearly empty … at which point singer/bassist/frontman Alex Levine (who’s wearing a Village People-style police cap) decides that he’s leaving too, throws down his bass, and jumps off the stage, darting off in the same direction as the group that left. “Don’t worry, we’re pretty sure it’s all a farce,” says one of the guitarists dryly. Then it becomes clear that Levine is trying to persuade the party of leavers to stay, and is insistent enough that they follow him back into the club. “You don’t want to see the Care Bears! You want to finish out this set with us, come on!” he exclaims as he bounds back onto the stage.
To ensure that the group of formerly Sunbears!-bound revelers stick around, he pulls at least four of the ones who’d tried to leave up onto the stage, gives them a cursory lesson on how to sing the chorus of the song So So Glos are about to play, then launches into it straightaway; and yes, the forced volunteers are rather terrible at following directions, but everyone has a good laugh. The party vibe continues into the next song, which finds Levine playing slower and slower and dipping lower and lower, until he slips from the stage and ends up playing half-slumped on the club’s floor, surrounded by most of the remaining people and barely plucking the strings, until suddenly he’s showing a rando kid how to play the notes he's slowly stopped playing on his own, until he's actually handing off his bass to the kid ... and the kid takes and plays like he’s now the unofficial fifth member of the band. Granted, he only had to play, like, three notes while Alex devotes all his energy into howling, but still. (There’s video of this somewhere, and I am determined to find it.) The entertainment value was priceless.
@Plan B, 12:15 a.m. Sunbears!, New World Brewery (Leilani) My feet are like two blocks of cement, my lower back is a ball of warm pain radiating in spikes down my legs, but I feel compelled to make one last stop, for a quick taste of vibrant visual excess and psychedelic pop explosions ala Flaming lips. Another full show and a clue as to why So So Glos was so empty: all the kids were busy getting dazzled by the Sunbears!, their vibe in complete opposition to what the So So Glos were giving off.
I have the best intentions of hitting Don’t Stop St. Pete as I make my way back into the ‘burg, but my husband lost a contact and my body hurts, so we have to go home no matter what decision I make. Once we get there, my tired old bones take me right to the couch, where I vegg out and feel an overall sense of satisfaction, despite the pain; I didn’t see one thing I disliked today, at either fest, and that in itself is no small accomplishment…
Excellent review, sorry I missed the concert.
I was fortunate to see Bonnie Raitt. Her stage presence was heart warming and her…
loved it! Well worth the $$.