The bands that played at the benefit for Ukraine show June 2, to quote the late, great Donald “Duck” Dunn, played it “hot enough to turn goat piss into gasoline.”
It was all the good fortune and the delight of roughly 200 fans and volunteers who had it all served it up ringside.
The variety was there and so was the talent, with Honest John and the Problem, who I unfortunately missed, the Living Room, Mesh, the Clockmen and Bellwether Breaks that brought the heat and the whoopie.
I arrived as the Living Room was weaving a quasi-gothic tapestry that, based on the audience reactions, was something that was not expected but was welcomed by those there to dig it.
Next up was Mesh, which played a big ‘90s style with their crunchy guitar-driven madness, fun and bursts of rockin’ boogaloo.
The Clockmen played with the nervous energy of a chainsaw juggler and sounded reminiscent of the Dead Milkmen. Does anyone remember “Bitchin’ Camaro”?
The Bellwether Breaks’ singer Elyse Patricia tugged at heartstrings and ceiling tiles with her beautiful pipes. The band had the crowd wrapped around its finger leaving it looking like sprung springs. The band was pure confection. They were a delight.
Here’s a comprehensive list of live shows in and around Rochester: Get Your Gig On