Earlier this week my friend The Lawyer asked me if I would be interested at all in going to a Gillian Welch concert with he and his wife. Free concert? Good seats? Yeah sure, I was interested. The name was familiar to me. I know that part of it is we sit around The Lawyer's front yard quite a lot quaffing wine and admiring our joint garden. While there he pipes music though the speakers he had wired a couple of years back. Often times I think Gillian is in the mix he plays. But I felt like I knew the name outside of that. Sunday night, State Theater? Sign us up!
A few weeks ago I saw Saliva down in Eau Claire. Big name band. Not many of the original band members around though. I left there slightly less than happy. Different night, Fuel playing on the big stage at Every Buddy's Bar & Grill, just down the street from my house. Not many of the original members left. One in fact.
I am in the big city tonight. I found out my friend, The Jewess, was at a Seder celebrating the second night of Passover. With her gone I had little incentive to arrive at her house before 10:30 other than her cat, Zee, who seems to care for me dearly. I decided it would be fun to hit the Harriet Brewing tap room for their regular Tuesday night staging of the band Dead Pigeons. What I found there, was not the Pidgins but something just as pleasing. The two piece band Crankshaft and they were very tasty indeed.
I really couldn't believe Facebook when I first saw the listing. Saliva is coming to Eau Claire? No, this had to be a different band. This couldn't be the nationally touring group, it had to be some local band that had unfortunately chosen the same name, right? Right? It took a trip to google to get me to the official Saliva web site and discover in fact it was the real deal coming to our small town. My understanding, garnered from a couple of parking attendants is the owner of Hipps Pub was friends with someone on the tour and when he asked, they delivered.