The Kissers (last show); June 7, 2008; High Noon Saloon
Ah, there are so many things we take for granted, but perhaps none that are taken more for granted than the Kissers. A
Now those two, guitarist/vocalist Nate Palan and the Jimmy Hendrix of the violin Kari Bethke, are moving to
For this special farewell show seven former members were in attendance (only two former Kissers were missing), and after the first set and a half they spent the rest of the night on stage. While the first half of the show was dedicated to their most recent record The Good Fight and new songs, the second half turned into a thirteen person sing-along free-for-all that sounded surprisingly good. Many of them had never played together, and many hadn’t played much at all since they left the band. While some like Lorenzo’s Music sax man Bryan Elliot, who plays penny whistle with the Kissers, are in other bands, I have no idea what bassist Kaitlyn has been up to. Still, she was belting out the words to “
With a keg of Capital Amber on stage and rounds of shots appearing like clockwork, it was amazing the band was able to stay on their feet for the whole night (though I did notice Kari had shed her super cool, but very high heels for the last set). From 9:30 till well after two (nearly five hours!) the band relived past and present glories and for the most part the audience was right there with them. It wasn’t until the third set that the near capacity crowd started to thin, unable to keep up with the band. I’ll miss the Kissers, but I’m already taking it for granted that they will be back, at least every St Patrick’s Day.