The Theater Fire’s back with a recap of yesterday’s shows. What I’m struck with on this post and most of the correspondence from the bands from SXSW is their tremendous enthusiasm for the music and for their fellow musicians. Catch the last two performances by Theater Fire today at 1pm and 3pm at Bella Blue and Okay Mountain Gallery respectively. Here’s a little clip of what to expect from The Theater Fire:
We’ve got to load-in at 12PM on Saturday so I figured I should send this out tonight.
I only caught one show on Friday. It was Beirut at the ACL Studio on the UT campus. This is, acoustically, the best place to see anybody, especially this band. The sound was impeccable and there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. It captured all the nuances of the many eclectic and
acoutic instruments that were swapped around by the 8 members. The lead singer, in a new classic folk-punk gesture, emptied the spit valve of his horn on the people crowded near stage front. They loved every drop. Beirut played “Elephant Gun”, “Carousels” and included a
western/klezmer/folk version of the classic “Brazil”. The crowd response was great. Even the bat flying around the studio rafters seemed to have a good time.
Elephant Gun – Beirut
We played in east Austin at 9PM at Cafe Mundi. Immediately after the show we threw the equipment in the van and rushed to the west end of Downtown to a chic restarant/bar called Lamberts. Chad VanGaalen was scheduled to play at 11PM, but a friendly stranger informed me that he had been detained while crossing from Canada to the US, so he went back home in
frustration. Rumor is that he doesn’t like travelling to the States, so this was especially disappointing. I guess we’ll just have to get up to Calgary to see him.
Mimi TV’s – Chad VanGaalen
One more day left. We’ve got 2 shows to play: 1PM at Bella Blue, next door to End of An Ear (the best indie record shop in Austin) and then we rush over to the Okay Mountain Gallery to play The Asthmatic Kitty and friends day party at 3PM with The Weird Weeds, Peter And The Wolf, The Castanets, and others. After that, my main objective is to get to Antone’s early enough to get in and see Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Band. This may be the only chance in my life that I’ll ever get to see them and it would certainly be the best way to wrap up SXSW 07.
One-Eyed Cloud – The Weird Weeds
(Except maybe seeing The Stooges later that night, but I suspect there’s
little chance of getting anywhere near Stubb’s for that show.)”