Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Art House Summer Blowout 

A whole gang of bands are playing this Friday at Victory Hall in Jersey City for the Art House Productions Summer Blowout.

My Teenage Stride—Jedediah Smith's band, whose brilliant song "Happy Mondays" was featured in Hoboken Rock City Show #2—should be a highlight, with the ubiquitous Tris on keyboards. I've never heard any of the other bands, but American Watercolor Movement have been highly touted elsewhere. Admission is only $7, they're raising money for a multimedia theatrical show the Art House is putting on this fall, and Middle Eastern food and raffle prizes are promised.

All the more reason for you to go: to make up for the fact that I can't, because that night I'm seeing Bobby and Willie. It'll be my first Bob show in almost two years (had tickets for Hammerstein on the night of the blackout, and the show was made up the following week), and my fourteenth overall, but who's counting? Maybe the stars will align and I'll finally get "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again." I've seen Willie once before, about five years ago at Irving Plaza, and it was one of the five or ten best things I've seen in the last ten years. We'll see how many times he plays "Whiskey River"—last time it was three, but that was a two and a half hour set.

I'm also psyched because the show's at the Yoge, a place I shamefully have never been to. I hear it gets late early there. And nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded. And they give you cash, which is just as good as money...

Anyway, Bob and Willie are sold out, so you want details for the big party in Jersey City, right? Sure you do.

Art House Summer Blowout
Friday, June 24
8 p.m. - midnight

at Victory Hall
186 Grand St. at Marin Blvd., Jersey City
(10 min. from NYC near Grove St. PATH)

Live music by
American Watercolor Movement
Duncan Pflaster
Han Shot First
My Teenage Stride

Directions to Victory Hall:
Take the PATH train towards Journal Square or Newark to the Grove Street stop. Go up the stairs and take the exit WITHOUT the escalator. Walk straight to Marin Blvd. and make a right. Victory Hall is 6 blocks down on the left, 186 Grand St. at Marin Blvd., 3rd floor.

More info: Art House Productions or call (201) 915-9911.

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