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 Post subject: Viva Brother @ Black Box
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:20 am 
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So confusing ... Wex site listed doors at 7:30 for a while. Then it listed doors at 8. It listed opening acts as Kitten and 1,2,3 for a while. Then it listed 1,2,3 and The Dig for a while. Then it just listed 1,2,3 as the opener.

Did a DonewaitingTV session with Viva Brother Monday afternoon and overheard somebody say "We go on at 10:40." That didn't seem right either.

So confusing.

I showed up around 8:40. There were 5 other people there. 1,2,3 went on at 9 and the crowd size had increased x4 or x5. 1,2,3 said they were from Pittsburgh (I didn't know that) and were pretty good. Kind of caught a Surfer Blood vibe a little bit but there was also some falsetto vocals that were sort of Prince-ish (yeah?) and at times I was thinking, "I'd like to hear the singer take on a Jeff Buckley song." I think I'll listen to their CD tonight to see if it becomes clearer who they can be compared to.

Viva Brother went on a little past 10. Crowd size remained the same - somewhere in the 25 neighborhood (I'll go +/- 5). Been a long time since I've seen a UK band and, yeah, these guys looked British (or so I thought). The bass player looked like he should have been in the Beach Boys with his stripped shirt. Viva Brother is a 4-piece that kind of sounds like Oasis if Oasis has been influenced by Fig Dish (reference that only Cookiehead Jenkins will get) instead of The Beatles. They brought along a keyboard player and backing female vocalist.

Though the crowd wasn't huge, it looked like these guys had fun and they played about 40 minutes of course playing THE song of 2011 so far (for me) "Darling Buds of May". It's a bit of an anomaly on the CD - just a tad different sounding than the other stuff.

Word is that they are coming back to town in October for a CD101 low dough show. What do I know? I'd say something all cocky like, "DON'T MISS THEM NEXT TIME" but I know you will :(

Parked on 14th, walked to my car after the show but before I could get there, encountered 4 homeless (?) gentlemen sitting on the benches by Starbucks. As soon as I entered the "zone", one got up, walked right at me. There was no where for me to go so I started for my car when this dude comes up, says "I ain't gonna do anything, just wanted to ask you a question. I need $.35. Dude, me and my boys are already fucked up. I just need some spare change if you got any." I handed him a buck, wished him a good night and jumped in my car. Driving down Pearl Alley, saw the largest rat I've ever seen cross in front of my, jump up on a wall and run into a backyard.

Oh, how I miss campus living.

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 Post subject: Re: Viva Brother @ Black Box
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:51 am 
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Listened to the 1,2,3s last night and no way should I have mentioned Prince or Jeff Buckley. That gives the wrong impression. Dude does hit some falsetto notes once in a while though.

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 Post subject: Re: Viva Brother @ Black Box
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:57 am 
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I wonder how much the Wex eats in guarantee money? I've been to some uncomfortably small shows there and it sounds like the attendance at this one was incredibly sparse.

The bum/ junkie heathen contingent on High Street is insane right now.


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 Post subject: Re: Viva Brother @ Black Box
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:23 am 
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oh man, the fig dish reference. I haven't thought about that band since high school. I wander if I still have that cd.


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 Post subject: Re: Viva Brother @ Black Box
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:27 am 
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oh man, the fig dish reference. I haven't thought about that band since high school. I wander if I still have that cd.


When I have the time, I'll create an MP3 that shows examples of how Viva Brother and Fig Dish sound the same at times. It was actually through one of the Fig Dish guys that I first heard about Brother (who had to change their name to Viva Brother). I should have given the Viva Brother guys some Fig Dish CDs to listen to in the van. They'll be back in October, maybe I'll make 'em a little package.

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 Post subject: Re: Viva Brother @ Black Box
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jill ebenezer wrote:
I wonder how much the Wex eats in guarantee money? I've been to some uncomfortably small shows there and it sounds like the attendance at this one was incredibly sparse.

The bum/ junkie heathen contingent on High Street is insane right now.


I think as soon as the Wex decides to open their doors they are losing money on these summer shows. The amount of staff, some of which are UNION WORKERS, don't come cheap.......

I don't remember the last summer show at the Wex I went to that had a good crowd.... I think I was one of 9 people at the show that was just Peter solo from Peter Bjorn and John a few years back..

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 Post subject: Re: Viva Brother @ Black Box
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Los Campesinos! at Wex was woefully under attended. Like, I felt very uncomfortable the entire show and the band made it very clear that it was a disappointment and even went as far as to pretty much state that Cbus wouldn't be seeing them again. Not in a jerky way, more humorous, but still....it was reallllly bad.


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 Post subject: Re: Viva Brother @ Black Box
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:55 am 
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Donkey Kong wrote:
I think as soon as the Wex decides to open their doors they are losing money on these summer shows. The amount of staff, some of which are UNION WORKERS, don't come cheap.......


a large chunk of the visible staff at these shows are also volunteers working for free, so maybe it works out on the labor side. I think you're right though- they probably do lose a lot on guarantees. I dunno why people don't go there in the summer. it's definitely not exclusively an OSU crowd. I mean, booze is obviously an issue, but those shows are generally scheduled so that it's possible to hit a bar before and afterwards.

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groundrules wrote:
Donkey Kong wrote:
I think as soon as the Wex decides to open their doors they are losing money on these summer shows. The amount of staff, some of which are UNION WORKERS, don't come cheap.......


a large chunk of the visible staff at these shows are also volunteers working for free, so maybe it works out on the labor side. I think you're right though- they probably do lose a lot on guarantees. I dunno why people don't go there in the summer. it's definitely not exclusively an OSU crowd. I mean, booze is obviously an issue, but those shows are generally scheduled so that it's possible to hit a bar before and afterwards.


union is all the stage people, equipment movers, etc..

joel treadway is the most handsome volunteer at wex ever, sorry ben

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 Post subject: Re: Viva Brother @ Black Box
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robertduffy wrote:
groundrules wrote:
Donkey Kong wrote:
I think as soon as the Wex decides to open their doors they are losing money on these summer shows. The amount of staff, some of which are UNION WORKERS, don't come cheap.......


a large chunk of the visible staff at these shows are also volunteers working for free, so maybe it works out on the labor side. I think you're right though- they probably do lose a lot on guarantees. I dunno why people don't go there in the summer. it's definitely not exclusively an OSU crowd. I mean, booze is obviously an issue, but those shows are generally scheduled so that it's possible to hit a bar before and afterwards.


union is all the stage people, equipment movers, etc..

joel treadway is the most handsome volunteer at wex ever, sorry ben


Treadway gets paid. again, sorry ben.

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