The Low Czars/The
I’ve been to CD release shows where the CDs just arrived that day, I’ve been to ones where they are due in the day after, but this is the first time I have been to a CD release show where the CD doesn’t even exist. Apparently the show had been booked back when the Midwest Beat thought they would have their debut full length ready in time, instead they weren’t much closer than they had been when they booked the show. Not that it mattered, I would have come to this show either way. It is hard to deny the Beat’s swirling pop-rock, and the rest of the line-up was just as solid.
Back in the 90’s I was a fan of the
The Midwest Beat was up next, even though they were hypothetically the headliner. The logic being that the Low Czars were playing a wedding that day and they would need time to get there (or perhaps sober up). The Beat plays an infectious cotton candy rock, so delicious while they are playing but disappearing at the end of their set. I have seen them a couple times before and my reaction is always the same, “wow, that was good, but why can’t I remember any of their songs?” The band is fronted by Ryan Adams, as unassuming a leader as the other
Even after what must have already been a long day the Low Czars went on well after midnight and played a great sounding set. Tonight featured more of the multi-talented Ropin’ Rodeo Nate than usual, giving him several songs to show off his sax skills on. I was actually looking forward to a drunken Czars set, bassist James in particular is even more hilarious after a few drinks (especially Tito’s vodka), but it seems they had drank in moderation during the day and had no problem closing out the night with their delightful blend of obscure and unknown songs. In fact, only Bob’s graceful memory lapse on one tune, which found him singing “I don’t remember the words,” indicated anything out of the ordinary. Thanks guys for again proving to me exactly how little I know.