Monday, June 27, 2005

The Music Lovers Join The Dalloways and Sparklejet Friday July 8 at The Starline in Fresno!

The Music Lovers
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Fresh from San Francisco, The Music Lovers have made a name for themselves by writing consistently great and stylish tunes with a British meets Broadway flair. Think The Divine Comedy meets Rufus Wainwright meets Dusty Springfield meets Vic Godard.

These SF dramapopsters will join The Dalloways and local rock act Sparklejet July 8 at The Starline in Fresno. Doors open at 8:30, and The Music Lovers will start promptly after 9:00, so arrive early to catch this fantastic act--we simply don't know when they'll return again!

For show specs, visit the "tour" page at The Dalloways Online.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Friday, May 27: Spokane - Friendliest Westerners, plus One Drug Dealer with a Strawberry Blonde Mullet

Spokane, Washington, with it's industrial, slightly depressed downtown area, is another highlight of the trip.

Gerhard and Nico celebrated their anniversary in Spokane, and Esther, our tour manager, celebrated her birthday on the same day, so we had a grand Italian dinner, complete with fantastic Pinot Noir purchased by Enrique, at Europa, a posh restaurant in a fantastic old turn-of-century building.

Later, The Dalloways performed at Mootsy's, a bar/pizza joint famous for its killer music scene. Gig posters from bygone shows were plastered on the back wall of the stage area, lights were dimmed, Aaron and Dan, the bartenders, served up Kettel sodas and such, and the place quickly filled with music lovers. The place was packed when we started our show after acoustic girl Vindikate's set. Dalloways played a solid 45 minute set and were followed by Le Cha-Cha--alt. rockers in cowboy hats.

Spokane folks are some of the nicest we've met on this tour. After the gig, at about two AM, folks mingled after hours on the street corner, where an older gent was selling fat Polish dog sandwiches with grilled onions and peppers. Drunk gente mingled and stumbled around in a friendly manner. A drunk guy with a mouth full of hot dog told us how great we were and hugged us repeatedly, then tackled his cousin in a drunken sprawl. A drug dealer with a strawberry blonde mullet and pegged 80's jeans lurked on the periphery, largely ignored.

Friday, June 3: Arcata - Cyclist Communes, Decapitated Dolls, and a Clothing Burial

Drive through Eureka or Arcata, out over the bridges to Humboldt Bay's swampy strand, head for the center of that little finger of land, and you'll be in Manila, where good natured communalists fix bikes and set up communes. A new Arcata friend told me the story of how he was attacked by a band of renegade youth--they stripped a rack of good will clothes and started pelting him with the items as if their goal was to bury him. What started as a bit of good natured but freaky fun turned into a nightmare as the kids moved in closer to finish the job of burial. My friend had to resort to force, pushing the kids away in order to escape. Interesting anecdote for a truly inspiring place.

Humboldt County was ready for The Dalloways. There was a write-up and a picture in every major newspaper. Humboldt takes visiting bands very seriously. The band was interviewed twice while on the road. What a difference to the larger cities like Seattle, where the band received little press support.

The Placebo is a mucic event housed in a former elementary school turned community center. Ryan and Abe host these well-attended shows for locals. Eurekans and Arcatans packed the little former classroom to check us out. The place stank a bit of moldy cardboard and bathroom. Why? Don't know. But the place was packed with true music fans. They listened and grooved and talked with us afterwards. Jeronimo, an ecclectic visionary Humboldt County local, said that he felt the songs were speaking to him and referencing his life. Hmmm... Sounds like a little White Album magic. The band was filmed and recorded for The Hum City Podcast, which should air online in a few weeks. More as this develops.

The Dalloways were preceded by upstarts Bella Dramatica and followed by dapper techno fiend James III, who set up doll heads with burning candles in them, span preprogrammed music and danced with hired rave dancers in psychedelic nurse and stuffed animal costumes.