I feel kind of strange and exposed being the only one blogging so far. But then again, SXSW doesn't start for another couple days, so it makes sense that I should entertain in the interim with wild stories of the road. So, here goes...
Tonight, Cassavettes played a headlining set at Rubber Gloves in Denton, a legendary club in this town that's as cozy as it is familiar. I've been seeing shows there since I started going to shows, but I've only played there once -- a solo show two years ago. Tonight easily topped that. In fact, tonight I'd say was in my top three Cassavettes shows of all time (my short list: 1) Cassavettes' anniversary show at the Middle East, July 11, 2006; 2) TT the Bear's Place, April 2006 or Rodfest, Paradise Rock Club, Jan. 19. 2007; 3) Rubber Gloves, March 11, 2007). The crowd was lively, the place was comfortable, and the drinks were flowing. We played with Boston's own, The Sterns, a fine band of fine gentlemen who have a fine taste for fine drinks. In fact, it was Emeen's 23rd birthday, and considering he was celebrating it with us in our hometown, I made sure he was properly taken care of. But seriously, these guys are a hard-touring machine. I really have a lot of respect for what they're doing. So, after getting them properly fed at Steak & Shake, we found some places for them to sleep tonight to ensure they make it to Austin.
One of the things I was really looking forward to about these Texas shows are the lax set times. In Boston, everything is on a proper schedule (which is awesome because it keeps things running smoothly, ensuring most folks get their money's worth before the last T departs), but here, there are no trains to catch (also cool). There are no limits about how late you can play. So, we took some liberties with the set, and went for a robust 12-song lineup. It even included an impromptu surprise: Before the show, a young woman came up to me and told me she went to the New England Conservatory and that we had a mutual friend (and a mutual love of Pete & Pete DVDs). After some talking, I found out she's a viola player, now attending the nearby University of North Texas. I told her we have a song with a violin part, and if she was willing to learn its two simple parts, it'd be a real treat to get her onstage. Much to her credit, she learned it in less than 30 minutes and jumped into the mix, joining Scott and I on a rare live version of "Set Free." We'd never tried it before, and it was pretty cool to give it a shot. But the whole night was awesome, beginning to end. It's one of those times when you're onstage and don't want the night to end. Luckily, when you're playing a dozen songs (one of which is nearly 10 minutes long), it doesn't really feel like it's ending any time soon. I'll try to get some videos and pictures up ASAP. Until then, it's time to sleep.
SET LIST: Carolyn, Don't Leave Like This / Shotgun Wedding / Debts / Trouble From The Start / Like Secrets Beneath / Set Free / The Nadir / Loose Lips / On The Lam / We Could Be Solo Acts / Lightning In A Bottle / It's Gonna Be Alright
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