Let's face it, not many relationships
make it to the first year; Lisa Marie Presley/Nick Cage, Tom Green/Drew
Barrymore, ABC Monday Night Football/Dennis Miller...
But in the great tradition
of Exceptions that Prove the Rule (set by notables such as Captain &
Tenille, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Ren & Stimpy), "Frank Wood
Presents" and 169 Bar are still making beautiful music
together every Thursday night, and it looks like they will continue to
do so for a good long time to come.
Getting us off to a great start
was Johnny Rock (the name says it all), who got the place jumping
in grand style, with his lively take on acoustic rock.
up, the sometimes notable, always memorable Gass Wild on vocals
and guitar and Andy "The Android" on percussion and assorted
sound effects, leaving the rest of The Love Pirates at home, and
giving us a rousing and well-delivered set of bluesy rock, British style,
that made me wonder what the Stones might have been capable of, had they
not gotten quite so full of themselves. As if they weren't grand enough
on their own, they were joined by Javier (Sax) of Mad Juana,
and Ami Erlich (Vocals) fresh from the trenches of Rent,
for a sensual, rhythmic nod to good friend Suzie Blues.
In the interim, we were gifted
with a short, yet powerful a capella ditty from Lisa Lightning,
who bemoaned the absence of her bass guitar, yet held her own, with nothing
more than a tambourine and some rhythmic clapping from Yours Truly.
The perfect segué into
yet another incomparable, lusty performance by Mad Juana,
recently joined by the most excellent Amalia stroking our nerve
endings on the viola, and Tony Mann of Angel Rot and
She Wolves keeping a heart-stopping thump going on percussion, filling
the 169 with hard thoughts and dirty promises.
One medicinal margarita later,
we were treated to the clever, pop culture approach to surfer punk that
is The Pocket Monsters, without the tedious angst of suicide and
drug O.D. It's nice to know that you can never be too old or settled down
to get riled all over again, and take potshots at the establishment.
Like all great things, this
evening too, was destined to end, but not without a tremendous finish
from surprise guests Pretty Suicide. As always, they performed
their hearts out, giving us a too-short yet brilliant set, although it
almost seems unfair to unplug this band. They have so much style and energy,
it's like watching a hurricane bang around in a glass jar; you just have
to let them out, and hold on for dear life.
We were sustained fabulously
between sets by the notorious "Man About Town" DJ Bobby Lund,
who always takes good care of us.
So Here's looking forward to
another year of great unplugged performances, and I'll see you at the
Silver Anniversary, Darlings!
The Mighty Afrodite