It was excruciatingly hard getting into bars at 9 o’ clock and convincing others that I am a Metro Times writer (he’s 13 years old, came in with his old man! — ed.) but it all paid off. After a quick filling of Crepes at Polish Village Cafe I headed upstairs to catch the beginning of Greater Alexander, a twangy folk project which showed that the Blowout isn’t all Rock ‘n’ Roll. Sadly, leaving that behind *sob* was a hard decision, but in the end it was worth it for what came next. I caught the wonderfully spunky Amy Gore And Her Valentines, a power pop quartet whose main goal is being loud. (In a good way!) The After Dark Amusement Park were especially great live, featuring Greg Beyer (Ty Stone & The Truth) and Troy Gregory (The Witches, Dirtbombs). They busted out a killer mamma jamma set of songs (that phrase was embarrassing. Bear with me …). Then, checked out Kim Fowley’s Psychedelic Dogs back at the PNA, where I stayed for the rest of the night. I met Kim two days earlier when he spoke at the School Of Rock. He told me to write a book and become the next Cameron Crowe.
In the middle of Kim’s set, I saw Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys to the side of the stage. I chatted with him for a bit, and he was particularly nice.
I caught a bit of The Dirtbombs set, but by then, my eyes were practically falling out. I can’t wait for next year’s Blowout, and hope it’s as good as this. Until next time~JK