Friday, August 1, 2008
The last thursday of the month on Alberta is a hoot. Every dirty hippie and late 1800's obsessed handlebar mustachioed hipster is roving the street, half pissed, looking at art and looking at each other. I was with a work friend and made my way to a quiet patio where a group of weird looking guys with weird looking instruments were setting up for their show. I don't care who you are - when you see that mandolin come out, you think, okay, this is about to get really terrible. Or charming. Wait for it. Luckily, it was Sneakin' Out, the venerable Portland bear band, that utilizes the bass, mandolin, and typewriter to do Go-Gos and Beatles covers. That might sound really bad but they are actually really good. Viva la Alberta!