Thursday, August 1, 2002
JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #186: Years of Mr. ReuterComing up tonight, I'm looking forward to Antigone Rising then for the Park Avenue Festival (Park Ave. from Alexander St. to Culver Rd.) on the weekend. I'll have to remember to bring more water when I go to O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) on Saturday. I did finally found a page for all the gigs going on at Rochester Events.
As for the last week, well, things didn't generally work out too well. On Thursday I went to Nuts and Bolts at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) and had a good time there, then tried to catch some bands at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) but forgot that they had the bands play early and now it was just DJ's, then went to see QUiTTERS at Monty's Korner (363 East Ave.) but they were wholly inappropriate for the venue (they were playing to a somewhat disinterested crowd in their usual punk-rock-loud style) so I just said the heck with it and left.
Friday was band-free but okay. We actually tried to go see Alejandro Escovedo at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) but when we found it was $14 each, we thought shooting pool at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) would be better. On Saturday, Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) had no bands at all, but at least The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) saved the day. Slow Horse was an excellent 1970's jam-rock band, and the amusingly named Sofa King Killer did a similar style but with more of a modern twist.
Later, on Tuesday, I checked out comedy at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) and got to see some of the locals. Tom Mule was there and did some of his stand-up. I guess you already have to like him to like him. I'm fairly well versed in world news, but I can put some of that aside--however, his confusion over why we should care about Pakistan and India going to war left me smacking my head. (For those hiding in the same hole, there was a possibility they were going to have a nuclear war.)
Anyway, from there I headed up to Milestones (170 East Ave.) to see Isotopes play against Speakeasy . By the time we got there, though, I talked with Karl and they were just finishing up. Aaaargh! I missed them again. I just left and lost the $4 cover. I really wish they'd said something (like, "you missed one of the bands.")
From there we went to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) and I got a chance to see Juan Prophet Organization who are really talented. Each of the four of them plays a total of 7 instruments--guitar, bass, violin, drums, keyboard, glockenspiel, and accordian; and all of them sing. They play a variety of kinds of music but revolve around a blend of rock, ska, and eastern-European music. Bob Log III (whom I had listed as Bog Long III) was up next and he plays kick-drum, kick-cymbal, drum machine, slide guitar, and sings through a telephone receiver mounted in a motorcycle helmet. He does a punk-ish blues, I guess and if you get a chance to see him, it's well worth it. The whole one-man-band motif only shows itself in that the songs tend to sound a lot alike.
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Rochester Punk Rock - I added this to the list of related sites but I wanted to highlight it because there's quite a bit of info there. It's run by this University of Rochester Computer Science guy and bassist for the QUiTTERS , Keith Parkins.
Rochester Music Coalition
Rochester Goes Out (D&C)
Rochester Punk Rock
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