Saturday, July 28, 2007

All Celticed Out (not really)..a busy music weekend

It was Celtic Fest weekend and unfortunatly we had some dismal weather for it. This year I passed on the festival, except for Friday night to catch Dulahan (you probably know someone who knows someone in this band!). I just wasn't up for the festival this year, and I also noticed they were missing their little beer garden tent, which was always a fun venue, with that little portable bar they had there. One wonders if this festival is being cut back if they only have two stages this year. It seemed they had fewer bands, too, than in the past.

In any case Friday was just a great night for live music. They ALSO had Counting Crows (one of my favorite bands form the 1990s), Live, and Collective Soul at 5th/3rd Field. AND that Rev Cool character from WYSO was promoting a show at Gillys, which I went to see after spending time at the Celtic fest. Three bands: The Libertines (a fairly tight rock outfit from down Cincy), American Static (local new wave retro band), and an import from NY "Ruby on the Vine", which got a good write-up from Thrasher in GO.

Apparently the lady lead singer was part of the Ohio music scene back in the heyday of new wave, early 1980s. Way before my time in Dayton. In any case a tight act, good tunes, sort working a folky/country take on alt-rock. I like female vocals, too, though she was a bit weak.

After all this, a beer at the Century and then back home to Centerville. And for Saturday there was even more fun, which i skipped, like Richard Buckner at Nightowl, and even more celtic stuff, including an aftershow party at Canal Street Tavern, which has been a real riot in the past!

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