Downtown Tonight's weekly event on Thursday, July 7, 2011, featured the Independent's Best Of winners. Secret Powers and Reverend Slanky played, after being announced as finalists in the Best Band category.
I must insert a photographer's note here: the light really sucks at most of these daytime events in Caras Park. I am not good at shooting sky, and my camera weighs me down in the hot weather. I'm going to quit carrying my camera and just dig the music, the crowd and the smell of food. Indoor events are more my cup of tea, anyway.
Here are a few shots taken in the Top Hat on Friday, February 11, 2011.
Secret Powers rates bonus points with me for producing so much original material. Shmed simply cannot rest on his laurels and charges into the next project almost immediately after the last one is done.
Fans know these guys can handle covers, too, as their amazingly textured Beatles' work has shown. Let them practice a bit, and they can do most anything.
$4J = Cash for Junkers
$4J the ads say, as this group appears all over the map, including a monthly gig at the Union Club. These practiced musicians know their stuff and quickly fill any dance floor. Their crowd-pleasing allure has to place them among Missoula's best bands.
Cash for Junkers is intertwined with Broken Valley Roadshow, as Nate Biehl is in both bands, and other members trade off and fill in.
Nate Biehl and John Rosett/$4J @Union Club
Tom Catmull and the Clerics
Mudslide Charley @Bernice's Bakery July 7, 2011
This being the first Thursday of August, Mudslide Charley will be playing their monthly "Blues and Bread" event at Bernice's. It's a benefit for the Missoula Food Bank with fresh hot rolls on sale inside, and hot blues outside. This is smack you in the face authentic style blues with classics any blues fan will recognize, and a growing number of original tunes.
Mudslide Charley @Old Post July 15, 2011
Mudslide recently had a CD release party at the Old Post, and for that event back-up singers were added.
As usual, there are sets of images on flickr of all the bands mentioned here.