Roger and I decided to head down to Art Around Adams this Saturday to check out a bit of what was going on prior to going to the bout. We arrived around 1pm to grab lunch at the little Greek place next store to the Ould Sod.
It appeared that people were beginning to set up, but it was hard to tell if it was for the event or if this was just a normal Saturday afternoon.
After lunch, Roger and I decided to take a walk down to the Ken Club where the first performers, the Apes of Wrath were scheduled to play starting at 2pm. I have heard a lot of good things about this band from someone who I don’t really trust their opinion when it comes to local music, but I felt that I should at least give them a shot.
Let me start off with the fact that I already hate their name. That alone has been keeping me from seeing this band. it really gives me a bad taste in my mouth for some reason. Again, I felt I needed to put this aside to truly get a sense of the band. Weird side note: the first reference to “Apes of Wrath” is from the title of a Bugs Bunny short from 1959, not from Planet of the Apes (1968).
So my impression of Apes of Wrath is that that are a very tight group. They performed like they have played together for decades. The lead guitarist was able to compliment the songs with his beautiful riffs that seemed to flow effortlessly. my overall impression was that they were a band that had it together and could possibly go somewhere with it if that is what they wanted. Their songs sounded like they could have been from the Killers or the Bravery. I still am stuck on the name. Change the name, and you may have something.
After the set at the Ken Club, we decided to head over to Lestat’s to watch Danyavaad. It was great to see Greg in his pjs playing his electric sitar. The normal line up with the Shimmy Sisters were not there, but the belly dancing was still entertaining enough to draw a crowd including Tan Sister Radio, who were just hanging out before their set later in the day at Ken Club.
As Roger and I were heading out we saw Society playing in front of Smitty’s Services with a decent size crowd around them. We discussed whether the event was a success or how the event could be measured as a success or a failure. Each of the performance venues had a fair number of people at them but just walking around on Adam’s there didn’t seem to be more than the usual Saturday afternoon strollers.
The lack of a crowd could have been because it was early in the event, and I hope so. I watched X1FM pack up and leave at 3:30pm because they had other (better) places to be. Lame. I assume that they will continue to have this event and make it better each year. I hope with the idea of reconsidering headlining the Go Duo.