Leighton Beezer (the Thrown Ups) plays Philly, 9/29/11

Posted: September 30, 2011 in My Seattle-Related Concert Experiences

It’s not often I get to see one of my Seattle interviewees play Philly.  Back in June, I got to check out the Baseball Project with the Young Fresh Fellows’ Scott McCaughey.  Last night, it was Leighton Beezer’s Empire Vista playing a bar called Tritone, down on Philly’s notorious South Street.

Unlike previous Leighton gigs, this band played songs (note: when Leighton read this, he said, “You thought they were songs?”), albeit with psychey, bluesy extended jams. As usual, I found myself wanting more.  We got to chat and have a couple beers after the performance…mostly about the Nirvana Nevermind Seattle benefit concert (for Susie Tennant) and other Seattle-related stuff.  Then, I somehow jammed the three band members and their equipment into my Mustang and drove them to 30th Street Station, so they could return to NYC.  I’m looking forward to meeting up with Leighton in Seattle next month, as part of our distinguished blue-ribbon Seattle punk/grunge Q&A panel (10/19, at Elliott Bay Books, Seattle…panel also features producers Jack Endino and Steve Fisk, singer Rob Morgan, and guitarist/bassist Tom Price.)

I will post last night’s photos shortly.

Update: Photos are posted under “Band Shots, etc.”  I also have to mention I dug this band’s drummer.  He had, as best I could see on that tiny stage, tucked into a corner behind the two guitar players and singer: a bass drum, high hat, and snare.  He sounded like he had a full-size kit and then some.  See, you don’t have to have a Neil Peart-size set to sound good (or Nick Andopolous for that matter…”maybe you can kick it up to an even thirty.”)


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