Gillian Welch at The State Theatre

 

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!

Fuel at Every Buddys

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.

Crankshaft at Harriet Brewing

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.

Saliva at Hipps

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.

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Hunter S. Thompson