The Show Report, 7/31: Embrace the weird


the-beach-boysDeRosh, why the f*** are you leading off by talking about The Beach Boys? Seriously?! With a killer reunion show, Dalton in town, a CD release and more you wanna start by talking about The Beach Boys?!

There’s a method to my madness here; perhaps not a good method, but a method nonetheless. The Beach Boys represent the first concert of the Ozark Empire Fair, held (natch) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds at the corner of Grant Avenue and Norton Street on the North Side. It’s these 10-or-so days that bring us some of the most unusual concerts to descend upon the city each year. Still ahead on the docket are shows by Raven Symone, Great White, L.A. Guns, Montgomery Gentry and more. Will you see shows such as those at The Shrine Mosque, Remmington’s Downtown, etc? With the possible exception of the Montgomery Gentry, who are still a significant draw among country artists, the answer is no. But in the family-friendly confines of the Fair, where bands play on a converted dirt-oval race track with the faint glow of carnival-ride lighting invading the stage, truly anything goes. We say soak it in, particularly in the presence of rock ‘n’ roll history such as tonight.

Of course, perhaps best of all, the Fair show starts at 8 p.m., which means you can get out, dash to the car and stand on the gas to get to any or all of the following incredible shows:

* One Violet Green‘s reunion show at The High Life Live Martini Lounge, with opening acts STRIP and the very recently formed VideoVamp. OVG is back to relive its days as the city’s (and arguably the region’s) top dark electro-rock band, and STRIP and VideoVamp arrive in support and to gain further foothold as spiritual successors of sorts. 

* The Seed releases its second album of 2009 tonight at The Outland Ballroom, pairing up with the fantastic New Jersey group Echo Movement for its release party. The new album, titled Easy Does It, was originally titled Homemade Dub 2 but the band chose at the last minute to expand the tracklist to 10 songs instead of the six previously agreed upon.

* Bottlefish and HeartPunch at Lindberg’s. This is more or less a split-headline bill, and it should be. Bottlefish has come into its own with its songwriting in recent months and is emerging as one of the standouts among local Americana bands, while HeartPunch packs a wallop of all-star talent and punk-influenced rock. Did we mention Dalton might be there?

* Black Box Revue at The Outland with guest J.D. Samson from the group Le Tigre. Samson has toured with Peaches and is also back at work with Le Tigre in the studio, but you can catch him in town for a DJ set tonight.

* The Hillbenders at Patton Alley Pub

* JRB Band at Nathan P. Murphy’s

* Laurie Morvan Band at Cartoon’s Oyster Bar & Grill, part of the Blues Down Under concert series

* Adam Carney at Fedora Social House


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2 Responses to “The Show Report, 7/31: Embrace the weird”

  1. Tyler Says:

    Just as a note, the Chance Ray Band will be opening for The Hillbenders this evening with an acoustic set (drums included, however).

  2. Lucia Says:

    JD Samson —> HER 🙂

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