they're doing it to me again
tonight there isn't a single band playing. nope. there aren't two bands playing, either. there aren't even three bands playing, which i've managed before by doing one set each on a winding line back to walking distance from home so i'm a responsible non-driver. no, tonight, there isn't one, two or three bands playing in downtown lowell--THERE ARE FOUR.
in reverse order of personal proximity (non-driving is important on nights like these) there is:
big trouble up at the hynes tavern. the hynes, as you all know from the raves here, has a new floor, new walls, new bar furniture and a new PA setup, and it's a GREAT place to see a band. the bar staff are great, the beers are cheap, fresh and cold, and, with big trouble, you're gonna get yer ya-ya's out for sure.
los sugar kings down at ole. ole has one of the ass-kickingest sangria recipes around, and a great vibe for great music. (jen kearney and the lost onion every other thursday is case in point). los sugar kings are the kings of cuban, salsa, merengue, rumba flamenca, funk, jazz, soul--you dream it, they play it--and they play it so you can't sit down.
audrey can't die (acoustic) over at the worthen house. the worthen is THE bar in lowell, immortalized by countless songwriters, and, seriously, where else are you gonna get your drink on where both edgar allan poe and jack kerouac once warmed bar stools? audrey is up--audrey is down--audrey is a great listen, and it's going to be especially fun to listen to them put all their songs through au natural.
half-past eight at savanna palace. ok, so i had some fun at savanna's expense over their "reservations are going fast" over-hype for their opening... but, see, here's the thing--those appetizers they're talking about? THEY ROCK! and the sound and light system is kick-ass. the room is big, and the bars are all around you so you'd never have to wait to keep your evening going, if you weren't already having your order taken by the staff that's everywhere. and, of course, half-past eight is the real blues deal.
so how is a guy to choose? four hot gigs. four hot venues. one hot night in downtown lowell.
see ya there!!!