Photos by G.
Nick Brown of Mona
January 13, 2011 was a fantastic night of rock and roll at New York’s Mercury Lounge. Devin Therriault opened the show with a great 40 minute set and then Mona hit the stage just around 8 pm. The Nashville based band played an hour long set that featured many soon-to-be classic songs including “Say You Will,” “Cloak and Dagger” and “Lean Into The Fall.” The band is a huge hit overseas and they are starting to build a die hard fan base stateside. In fact, before the band posted a single track on their Myspace page, the band received close to 200,000 page views! They did not disappoint in concert and if you are looking to hear some new music by a band that has tinges of rock and roll, rockabilly and garage rock – but with their own spin and flavor, check out Mona. You can hear several tracks here.
And if you are in the New York area, you can catch Mona live with another one of my favorite bands, The Rassle at Union Pool in Brooklyn on January 15, 2011. You can get tickets on Union Pool’s official site for the bargain price of $10! Don’t miss this show! It’s going to be great!
See the set list and a picture of my encounter with Mona’s lead singer Nick Brown after the jump.
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Devin Therriault’s name is popping up on all the music blogs. Before seeing him live at Mercury Lounge on January 13, 2011, I was unfamiliar with his music. The descriptions of his sound in the blog-o-sphere say this: “Devin Therriault combines the sounds of ’50s rock and roll groups and ’60s girl groups with the intensity of punk and garage rock to create catchy songs with a feeling of familiarity. However, he still puts his own spin on every song. Therriault’s flamboyant stage presence mixed with his passionate vocal delivery make his performances extremely memorable. His energetic antics recall those of Iggy Pop and New York Dolls era David Johansen, while maintaining his own on-stage personality.” (source Brooklyn Vegan) That was enough to get me to the show and I have to say, Devin Therriault was great live! In addition to putting on a great show, by the end of the hour long set, Devin and his band mates were so into the song, they fell to the ground and finished up the song on the floor – to thunderous applause! Hear his music for yourself on his official Myspace page. The great news is, by signing up on his mailing list, you’ll receive a free MP3!
I met the star on the rise after the show and he seemed puzzled that I wanted to have a photo with him, but he was super cool once he realized what I was doing. Thanks Devin and good luck to you! I’ll definitely be a repeat customer!
Devin Therriault and G
Photo by G.
Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips
Do you realize?? January 13, 2011 is Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips’ 50th birthday! Happy birthday, Wayne. It’s been over 6 months since I saw the Flaming Lips in concert for the first time and I am STILL not over it yet. Not only was it the best show I saw of 2010, but it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen in my entire life! There was so much visual stimulation at the concert, at times, I lost track of where I was! There was so much confetti that came down from the ceiling that I swear, every time I go to that venue, you still see residual confetti from that show. In addition to great music and out of this world visuals, Wayne Coyne’s message was so great. He talked so much about the realities of world peace if people can just get their acts together and start loving instead of hating! Bravo, Wayne! I cannot wait for the next time The Flaming Lips come to town, and take my word for it, you’re a FOOL if you miss them next time they come around.
Photo and autograph courtesy of my very large in person autograph collection.
It’s Rip Taylor’s birthday today. Get the confetti out and celebrate!
Photo and autograph courtesy of the G archives.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, best known as Elaine on the TV show “Seinfeld,” turns the big Five Oh today, January 13, 2011. I’ve met the cast of this show that I love so dearly on many occasions and I’ll spill the dirt on nicest to meanest in the Seinfeld cast: Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld. Are you surprised? Also celebrating their birthday today are Orlando Bloom, Patrick Dempsey, Richard Moll, the late Army Archerd and Robert Stack. Hope they all have a great day!