Monday, October 13, 2008

Long weekend, Providence, Roadshow Bands & Auto Clubs...

Even though Monday was not a day off, I scored a day off Sunday so I could enjoy the fruits of a long weekend....so, I did nothing on Friday, and merely moved my entire library on Saturday. If I ever say 'I really don't have that many books' to anyone, slap me - I couldn't believe how long it took me to move everything and how many damn books can fit on a shelf! I did manage to weed 8 more books....and would anyone out there like my card catalog? I'm getting rid of it. Man, I was pooped after that, so I had to spend some restorative time at the Aloha Alcohula*.

Sunday, J10X & I journeyed to Providence to attend a friend's 40th birthday party - it was for my friend Shawn, who I used to work with at the Pequot Museum & we hadn't seen him in ages! He also has apparently become the Director of Education at Sturbridge Village where he used to work as 'Farm Boy #3' when he was younger. It was a lovely little get-together with friends and family at his charming house.....however, I was cornered at one point by a Career Librarian who wanted to 'talk shop' - aaiiieee!

We came home and put on our glad rags to see a show at the El 'n' Gee - or whatever the hell they're calling it now - The Backstage Pass, or, even more unsavory, Jinks. That just sounds like a creepy "gentlemen's club"....the decor has been changed & the annoying wall around the bar is mercifully gone. Joan Jett is painted on one bathroom door & Johnny Cash on another- this had led to such entertaining exchanges such as 'Have you seen Meghan?' 'Um, I think she just went in the Joan Jett...' 'I gotta visit the john....ny Cash...'

The bill last night consisted of three bands: Gone for Good, Paul Brockett Roadshow Band & Slim Cessna's Auto Club. I was a little panicky that the show might be sold out, but, sadly, the place was only about half full. The nice part is, it was half full of the Good People of New London.

We went of to another place to have a quieter first drink- the El 'n' Gee's sound system is still overbearingly loud, and Gordy from the Bank St Cafe was doing the sound, so.....we only wanted to be mostly deaf by the end of the night. Funny thing, New London is D-E-A-D on a Sunday night! The Dutch Tavern was closed, several other places, too, and so we ended up at the Roadhouse.

Then back to the El 'n' Gee to see a rip-roarin' set by PBRB - with the added pleasure of seeing Mr. Joey Royale (of the former Royale Brothers) get on deck to sing a few songs.....there was a lot of love for everyone onstage happening in that place! And Joey is still freakin' magic, no matter how long it's been.

After the PBRB set, we all caught our breath in time for the Auto Club to hit the stage - anyone who knows me knows my deep, everlasting love for these guys. Even though the place wasn't packed, they still put on an amazing, energetic show. There were a few different people on the stage this time- some Tony Soprano-type playing keyboards and an incredibly hot young man on the drums.....really incredibly hot. Did I mention the drummer was hot?

So, the next hour and half was spent jumping around and gettin' religion, SCAC style. Thank goddess they had ginormous Newcastle beers to fuel my sweaty self! The show was over too quickly, as always, but it was full of fun, energy and excellent songs. I liked the new songs far better live than on the new album, which is just a little too slick for my taste.

J10X scored a couple of t-shirts for us, then we reeled out of there, happily tired & with ears ringing like crazy......

*Best DAMN tiki bar in CT

4 comments:

K. A. Laity said...

Whoo hoo -- sounds like a hoot 'n' hollerin' time. I'm envious! The Dutch closed?! Sacrilege!

Sounds like a great party on Sunday, too (apart from being cornered to talk shop -- argh!).

I think I need a little visit to the Aloha Alcohula...

Cranky Yankee said...

Sounds like you guys had fun...

We were in a dark place, too...an old copper mine. Although, there wasn't any rock band playing there, there were plenty of rocks. :-)

The Queen said...

Well, visiting the AA can be restorative, so I'm told....all I need now is a tiki sauna.

An old copper mine? Cool! I bet you didn't lose any of your eharing in there!

K. A. Laity said...

Ooooh -- tiki sauna!