First, a little set up. The forecast going into our second Bands + Brews of the summer was...dicey. On the walk into the office yesterday morning, you could cut the air with a knife. Things felt combustible in the meteorology department and our collective anxiety was not helped by the warning of severe storms with 60+mph winds from our friends here at Industry City
. Yet for most of the day we were hopeful. The stage was set. The lights went up. The bands arrived. It was downright beautiful...until it wasn't.
Around 4PM one wicked front rolled through NYC, bringing with it a wall of wind and biblical rainfall. The crew scrambled, tarping up equipment and batting down the hatch. We lost a tent, a guitar stand, and nearly a bass cab and head to a ferocious wind that seriously came out of nowhere. Some of us spent the lightning fast storm cowering under a tent on the stage hoping the amps that were currently sitting in a puddle of water were unplugged. It was wet and wild. It was actually kind of fun! And then the storm passed, clearing the way for one of those types of absolutely perfect summer nights the mind tends to return to when the city is in winter's grasp.
If you were there, you know what we're talking about. If you weren't, you missed one hell of a show! Brooklyn's own Xenia Rubinos
brought songs from her most recent album Black Terry Cat
by Bands + and Brews and man oh man, did she ever get down and get funky for a crowd that took a leap of faith and descended upon Industry City on a night it would have been very easy to say, "F*ck It...I'll go to the next one". R+B, Hip Hop, Soul, Punk Rock, Funk...it all lives in Xenia's revolutionary sound, and as she bound into the crowd to whip 'em up in a frenzy, well...we just hope the crack of our jaws hitting the floor didn't pick up in any of our audio engineer's mics. Cause man...it was AWESOME.
After an incendiary set, we cleared the way for our old friends Tigertown
, who we first met up with a few years back during a cool studio session with students at NYU
. The Australian quartet might have been fresh off a plane from the West Coast, but their high spirits couldn't be dampened by storm. They came dressed to the nines and ready to rock songs from their Lonely Cities
EP, as well as previewing a couple of newbies from a soon-to-be-released collection on Neon Gold/Atlantic. As the band played, the water colored backdrop bloomed dramatically as the sun slowly dipped into the Jersey horizon. It was also very AWESOME.
We'll have video evidence of the evening in the coming weeks. For now, check out some snaps from the evening and mark your calendars! We'll be doing it all over again on August 11th!