Lightning Bug tonight; Sausagefest (Life Is Cool) Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: — @ 12:55 pm August 9, 2013

by Tim McMahan,

Newswise and musicwise it’s been a pretty slow week, and it looks like that slowness is going to continue right on into the weekend.

There are no national touring indie shows slated anywhere unless you count Yonder Mountain String Band at Sumter tonight (and I don’t). The Waiting Room and The Slowdown got bupkis this weekend indie-wise, which means only one thing: It looks like another O’Leaver’s weekend.

Tonight at the everyone’s favorite midtown booze hut it’s Lightning Bug with TIMECAT and Humans of the Deep, who O’Leaver’s says is making their stage debut. $5, 9:30 p.m. I might go to this one because I’ve been kind of hankering for one of O’Leaver’s extra special Mai Tai’s, plus I’ve yet to see Lightning Bug… Check out one of their tracks below:

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Tomorrow night it’s back to O’Leaver’s for what they’re calling “Summer Sausagefest.” The description: “6 acts, 7 hours, countless sausages and undetermined savagery. The inaugural O’Leaver’s extended beer garden (what does that mean?) will house Dojorok on the decks from 7-10pm and Chef Mello on the sausage links until the last one is gobbled. Inside the house, live performances by Life Is Cool, Op2mus, Sputnik Sputnik, Max Fisher and DJ Butterhips.”

$7 gets you free sausage. I guess it starts at 7. Something tells me this could be trouble.

Also Saturday night, The Barley Street is hosting The Big Deep with Future Laureates and Skypiper. $8 (not the usual $5), 9 p.m.

And that’s it for the weekend. If I missed anything, let me know in the Comments section, below.

Maybe it’s best that you rest up this weekend, because next weekend will be crazy, what with the Maha Music Festival and Mousetrap coming back to town…

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  • It might not be indie music, but indie comedy is happening at the Slowdown tonight. OK Party Comedy is bringing in America’s Funnyman, Neil Hamburger. 9 PM, $12 – info here:

    Despite his appalling comic timing, muddled delivery, and cliched material, stand-up Neil Hamburger nevertheless emerged as one of the most acclaimed and name-checked comedians of his generation; like Lenny Bruce before him, he was a hipster icon whose trailblazing riffs defied conventions at every turn, transcending the confines of hilarity with kamikaze recklessness. Prior to his ascendance, comedians were expected not only to be funny, but insightful as well; Hamburger changed all that forever, in the process earning so much respect from our cultural tastemakers that his records appeared exclusively on only the most rarefied indie-rock labels.

    A native of Culver City, CA, Hamburger began his comedy career on the advice of his psychiatrist, who suggested performing as a means of therapy; packing his belongings into a Los Angeles storage locker, he mounted a relentless touring schedule, claiming to play upwards of 360 nights a year yet somehow earning a nagging reputation for last-minute cancellations. Following a gig in Needles, CA, Hamburger was approached by manager Art Huckman, a longtime showbiz svengali whose past proteges included Rich Little and the Ritz Brothers; with Huckman at the helm, the comedian’s career blossomed, and in 1993 he appeared on the Great Phone Calls compilation. Hamburger’s solo debut, the Looking for Laughs EP, followed a year later, and after issuing Bartender, the Laugh’s on Me on the tiny Planet Pimp label, he moved to Drag City for his 1996 full-length debut, appropriately titled America’s Funnyman.

    With 1998’s Raw Hamburger, he shifted gears, working “blue” for the first time; ever the restless innovator, Hamburger then turned topical for the follow-up EP, Tribute to Lady Di, a heartfelt homage to the late People’s Princess. Although the constant grind of touring ultimately forced the breakup of the comic’s marriage, he forged ahead, expanding his itinerary to include international gigs as well; for 1999’s Left for Dead in Malaysia, he even faced a non-English speaking Kuala Lumpur crowd. Hamburger remains the iron horse of comedy, touring non-stop, releasing new albums like 2000’s Inside Neil Hamburger, and, one hopes, continuing work on his long-planned religious comedy LP, Laugh Out Lord. His connections to Amarillo Records honcho Greg Turkington remain unclear.

    Comment by Mike — August 9, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

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