Weekly Rochester Events #242: Host the Hosta Botanist
Thursday, August 28, 2003I gotta say, I'm still stuffed. On Monday I went to Empire Brewing Company (300 State St.) for a business dinner ... heck, they paid, so I might as well get a good meal out of it. Then on Tuesday, my parents came out here for my birthday and we went to Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) for dinner. I've always meant to give the place another try, and this was a good one. I tried the grilled bison over horseradish mashed potatoes, and it was really quite excellent. My dad got the bacon-wrapped fillet mignon and mom got an apple chutney covered pork chop, and both of them were great. The pork chop was actually two chops left together, and—through some miracle of modern cooking I don't understand—correctly cooked all the way through. Cut from the bone, it was probably a 3-inch cube. After eating, I found I was still able to cram food into my gullet, so I got the blueberry croissant bread pudding drizzled in Jack Daniels sauce for dessert. I managed to eat all that and I've still got half a piece of key lime pie in the refrigerator from mom's meal. To top it off, we got breakfast at work on Wednesday, and I nearly burst.
So speaking of food, I decided that we'd meet up at the The Bug Jar Music Festival at Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) for lunch on Saturday. I was trying to figure out how to do this, since I wanted to see the first couple bands (especially Veluxe since I keep trying to get to shows and I keep missing them) and I wanted to have a regular lunch too. Well lo and behold, they'll have hots, burgers, and veggie burgers for what I can only assume will be higher-than-usual prices. You can always bring your own food and your own drinks to save money. The whole event is a way The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) thanks the many bands and patrons who visit them, and, of course, for some publicity. The event itself is free and runs all day ... see the list below for the bands.
Gosh, what else ... Sunday night I got to see a couple bands. The first was The Dismissed who are a young punk garage band. The next was World Inferno Friendship Society who are—in a nutshell—an experimental klezmer/ska cult who do a 1950's-style radio musical. They have a guitarist, bass player, drummer, keyboard/accordian player, three saxophonists, and a lead singer on stage at the same time. The lead singer does a bunch of theatrical gestures as he sings and invites the audience to move to New York and other suggestions. The audience, somehow, determined all these seemingly specific dance moves for each song ... presumably because of research beforehand. That was a special one for sure.
Of course, I think the wildest show ever will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) this coming Tuesday. I tried to avoid perverted sentences, but there's no other way to say it—Your Mom and My Penis are playing. My Penis is a punk band who specializes in smashing up their instruments. Your Mom is a local pair of women who last did an Amazon-style punk-rock show with highlights of inviting audience members to come up and be spanked by a sexy young woman and to "drink from your mom's breasts" (in the form of whipped-cream in a can.) There were a few takers for each. If they stick with that line of performance, it'll be a show you'll never ever forget no matter how much psychiatric therapy you partake in the future.
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