Tuesday, September 1, 2009

River Fest Opens with Cash for Junkers, and the Reverend Doubles Up

I am one tired old man, because I have been going since noon Saturday, when I set out for downtown to see Cash for Junkers open the River City Roots Festival.

Soon everyone and their dogs were there.

Reverend Slanky always produces a crowd.

And Slanky fans love to dance.

The Reverend performed double duties with a late night show at the Palace. There is a set on the flickr archive, which contains images of both shows.

I tied myself in knots and met myself coming back, while trying to cover all the music in Zootown. In addition to the five bands which played Roots on Saturday, and a double dose of Slanky, there was Mike Bader Blues Band at the Top Hat, Workers at the Union Club and the metal extravaganza upstairs in the Union Hall. That one featured Blessiddoom and Walking Corpse Syndrome.

Sunday night, after Roots, there was Jazz Martini Night at the Badlander and a bang up show at the Top Hat, featuring Andrea Harsell and Cottonwood Draw. The latter returned to the Top Hat, after opening for Elephant Revival, and set the place on fire with a scintillating performance. It was another one of those hipnhot-gotta-dance events.

Good news about Jazz Martini Night: in two weeks it expands to a larger time slot and begins to feature two bands again.

Monday night, Butter, whom I recently covered at MAM during Artini, opened a big show at the Badlander. Mini Mansions and Low Red Land were the visiting bands featured.

The Kitchenpoet has it all digitalized, and must get it all sorted before First Friday. Yes, this is First Friday, September 4, coming up in two days, and there will be music, gallery shows and special events everywhere. Check Missoula Events for times and places. The Labor Temple will be a hipnhot spot with an all-ages early show upstairs in the Union Hall and Zeppo downstairs, in the Union Club, at 9:30.

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