Perhaps you saw my photos from the Boston Stands with the ACLU benefit show at The Paradise and thought to yourself “That’s unusual. Johnny is usually right up front when he takes pictures, but most of these photos are from the back. Was it crazy crowded and he couldn’t get up front? Was he trying out some new perspectives? Was there something else going on that prevented him from standing in one spot for 6 hours?” Well, I have answers to these imaginary questions you may or may not have asked yourself! Yes, it was sold out! Yes, but only because it was so crazy packed I couldn’t get up front! And yes, because I was also busy taking all of these photos!
Some really wonderful people were involved with putting this show together. The night raised $24,800 for the ACLU. The musical lineup was unbelievable. Seriously. Did that really happen? Jokes were told. Songs were sung. My head is still spinning. I’m going to take a nap. Right after I leave these here…
Check out performance photos from all of the acts on this amazing night:
The Gravel Pit
The Sheila Divine
My favorite Boston band ever* had a little reunion and made Sally O’Brien’s feel like the Abbey Lounge. The Decals are the best. Honest.
* This would be true even if I wasn’t married to a member of the band.
Last week we did a little year-end photo recap for the 246 sets we caught in 2014. Today we turn our attention to the other branch of the Daykamp Empire. Nicole Anguish works tirelessly making gig posters over a Daykamp Creative. Actually, that’s a lie. She often works herself to the point of exhaustion designing and illustrating some of the most striking show art in town.* The results speak for themselves. Without further ado, we present the 45 creations she dreamed up for our little music community 2014…
* Yes, I may be biased. No, I’m not wrong.
Oh, Parlour Bells, how you enchant. Sometimes you rumble. Sometimes you croon. You always entertain. The dynamic set you performed for an adoring crowd at the Thank God For The Night release show was one more chapter in this rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale.
The Decals played their first show in 10 years at Bands For Babs. I was right up front watching my favorite Boston band of all time playing some of the best you-done-me-wrong punk tunes this city has ever seen. Just as I was thinking that I must be the happiest person in the room, I looked over and saw Barbara “Babs” Walsh herself standing up, singing along to every song.
OK, Babs, you win this time.
Full Disclosure: I’m married to a member of The Decals. I still think it’s safe to say that their set was awesome.*
* Because it was.