Ladyfinger, Little Brazil tonight; Mission of Burma at O’Leaver’s…

Category: Blog — @ 1:28 pm March 14, 2007

That’s right, Little Brazil’s big CD release show is… well, next Friday night at Sokol Underground. But for some reason the band’s decided to also do a show tonight at The Waiting Room with Ladyfinger. Gee, do you think it’ll impact the draw for next week’s show?

We’re going to be seeing this kind of thing a lot more often with all these new clubs. Bands that may have only played once every couple of months will now have the opportunity to play twice as often (or more) as club owners scurry to find someone to perform on their stages during the week. That’s not necessarily a good thing. I go back to the wisdom of punk-rock legend and St. Stanislaus School principal Gary Dean Davis. When asked over a decade ago why his band, Frontier Trust, didn’t play more often, Davis said, “If you’ve just seen us play, why would you want to see us again so soon? Nothing’s changed. Even I wouldn’t want to see our band again if I just saw them a week ago.”

Some bands, however, play around town on a weekly basis (sometimes twice a week). For them, it’s another way to make some bread while doing what they love. That’s fine, just don’t expect large crowds at your shows. Other artists who want to play more often do what a majority of the Saddle Creek Records musicians do — play in multiple bands. It’s a trend that goes back to the ’90s. Perhaps the most visible example is Kasher’s duo projects (Cursive and The Good Life). Today it’s not uncommon for musicians to be in as many as four different bands at the same time. Just this last weekend, we saw Adrianne Verhoeven perform in The 4th of July, Art in Manila and Flowers Forever. The only one of her bands missing was Coyote Bones. The problem with that situation is that all four of these bands will have opportunities to do national touring, which could make for an interesting juggling act. The only answer is for two of the bands to go on the road together — The 4th of July and Art in Manila, for example, mirroring how the two bands played opening night at The Waiting Room. That’s a long night — and a long tour — for Verhoeven, who hails from Lawrence, not Omaha.

Little Brazil/Ladyfinger starts at 9 p.m. and is $5 (and 21+). Also going on tonight, Mike Tulis’ Rock Movie Night at O’Leaver’s featuring Not a Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story. The 2006 documentary traces the rebirth of the seminal punk band that called it quits back in 1983. According to the O’Leaver’s website, the show starts at 8 and is free. These films normally don’t begin screening until 9:30, so you may want to call ahead to make sure about the time.

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