Weekly Rochester Events #263: Winter is the Fourth and Final Season
Thursday, January 22, 2004Allow me to start off immediately on a tangent of palpable importance: I noticed that sometimes when I type a "p," the next letter I type is to the left—and I'm not just saying that because "palpable importance" has three p's. For a while, I thought there was something wrong with the keyboard, but I finally figured out what it was: I've got one of those iMac USB keyboards, and the right edge of my right hand rests on the left-arrow key. When I hit the "p" key, I often rotate my right hand a little (because my little finger is nearly vestigial and not strong enough to push the button on its own ... probably the start of a neurological condition or something) and the edge of my hand sometimes hits the arrow key right after I hit the "p."
Thank goodness for all that Encyclopedia Brown shit I read in college or else I never would have figured it out.
Anyway, I actually did get to some events this past week. First, on Thursday, I was able to use my knowledge of the Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood to my advantage to get to the Thursday Thinkers at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) I skipped Mount Hope and tried using Kendrick and Lattimore to get to Elmwood to make it to the city via Exchange, but that ended up all backed up from the bad weather too. What I did was to cut through the Strong parking lot at the end of Crittenden (Boulevard, not Road) and end up in Genesee Valley Park. From there it was an easy left onto Elmwood to Plymouth ... a quick jog onto Exchange south of Ford Street, then smooth sailing right up to the library. Sweet.
The actual event, though, was just so-so. See, this Rump Group presented it ... they're a bunch of business owners in the area trying to figure out how to keep this area economically viable. Thomas Judson of the Pike Comapny and this other guy ... uhh ... Charlie something ... presented their findings. They gave us all these glossy brochures with a bunch of information, and started talking about how they started working on methods of consolidating government services to reduce costs. The part I found so puzzling was that it wouldn't really cut costs that much—only a couple percent. I guess it's a good idea anyway, but why not go for the big things first? That, and if you do an analysis and show you won't save much money, that's good: that means to move on and examine something else. To add insult to injury, the people in the audience wanted the Rump Group to endorse a candidate and affect actual change, when in point of fact (as stated a dozen times by Mr. Judson) they are an advisory group and not a group of lobbyists. Sometimes people need to shut the fuck up.
Later that night I made it to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to see Concubine Forming and Trailer Park Tornadoes but both bands cancelled. I mean, come on: it was only -3°F there and at least -4°F at my house when I left. Wimps. It ended up being only the staff sitting at the bar at 10:15 p.m. on a Thursday night. I figured I'd head down to Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) to see if anything interesting was happening there, but this band "TBA" apparently overbooked several gigs all over town and wasn't coming (har har.) At the Krown it was just the bartender, door guy, the chef in the kitchen, and one of the regulars who went with this other guy for a run around Cobb's Hill immediately prior. I'm not sure where the other guy went, but I imagine he was somewhere near the reservoir, frozen solid by that point.
I eventually settled on Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) because there was about 20 people there, including some that I knew. So I hung out for a couple hours then called it a night.
On Saturday at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) was the last show for a while from Astronomical Unit. Their superb guitarist, Dave, is leaving for California soon. I stayed for a few songs then headed over to Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) and caught all of Bee Eater who did something in their last couple shows where they really really power home the rock. I skipped out on The Retreads to ... umm ... pursue other interests. (Interests, I might add, that may not remain as interests much longer, much to my dismay.)
On Tuesday, I was really excited to see Sirsy at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) See in the process of making last week's website, I checked out theirs to confirm that they were coming and such. They're an Albany band, and so I dug a little further since I'm from Schenectady. The lead singer's name is Melanie Krahmer ... a name that I thought I remembered as someone I rode the bus with when I was in High School, but that wasn't correct. I was, however, accidentally right in thinking she also went to Schalmont (Schenectady, Albany, Montgomery counties ... Sch-Al-Mont ... get it?) I snagged my yearbook and lo and behold, there was group picture including one M. Krahmer. Go Sabres (see, saber-toothed tigers went extinct many years ago and the sandy soil around the school was deposited by glaciers sometime around the same epoch ... never mind.)
I'm so much of an idiot that not only did I mention that saber-toothed tigers crap just now, I also scanned in a picture and rintedp [see ... there's that "p" problem] it out. Indeed, she was the Melanie depicted, but she said I blew her "stage age of 24" based on when I graduated and when the picture was taken, etc. Oh well. Anyway, her band Sirsy is a really good band ... I liked that they weren't particularly classifiable, but I decided they were "medium-tempo progressive rock with country and funk influences and a little lounge-act influence," just to pidgeon-hole them. Melanie has quite a large range of dynamics she can pump out (when she's singing, pervert) and the band behind her is superb. It's too bad there were only three people there, but that's what Tuesday nights are like (whether the weather is nice or not.)
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