The BoDeans?1140832500 were in town on Thursday at Harrah’s, so I headed out to the VooDoo Lounge to catch the show. I’ve always been a fan, but this was the first time I saw them live since a show at the Gargoyle at Washington University back in 1986. Hard to believe it has been 20 years. Yikes.
The VooDoo Lounge is interesting, as the stage is up above the bar. Some people on the BoDeans web site didn’t care for it, but I liked it. I hate it when people stand up at a concert and block my view, forcing me to stand if I want to watch the show. They should have standing room only areas for people who want to stand and dance. Let the rest of us who want to sit down in our seats do so in peace. Anyway… At this venue, you can always see the band. We have tickets to see Gaelic Storm (the band playing in steerage in Titanic) there next month. Can’t wait.
The show was great, a little less than two hours, and they covered a lot of material. Hopefully it won’t be another 20 years before I get to see the best Wisconsin band (no offense to the Violent Femmes).
Speaking of Wisconsin bands, there was a group called Firetown that had a fantastic album called “The Good Life.” I remember Rolling Stone saying they were going to be big, part of the new “Wisconsin” sound. Of course that never happened. They broke up after a couple albums. What I didn’t realize until doing a search just now is that Butch Vig of Garbage was in Firetown. Interesting.