I tried to drink off this terrible sore throat on Friday when I was at the Thrice/ Circa Survive show with all of my friends. What?! That’s not the craziest idea I’ve had! Alcohol kills infection! I though that, with enough margaritas and vodka Redbulls, I would wake up feeling great. Well, shocker, it didn’t work. I’m getting pretty sick of being super sick so I came up with a new plan. If drinking it off wasn’t going to help, maybe I could dance it on out of me.
Saturday night’s show was held at The Kitty Cat Klub due to the tragic sudden closing of The Triple Rock Social Club (RIP!). I wish I could be super cool and say something like, “Yeah, I’ve been going to KCK for years!” but, truth be told, last night was my first time in this bar and I absolutely loved it. The second I walked in I was greeted with a super laid back vibe from the door staff and bar staff (because maybe I was just one whiskey ginger away from getting rid of this illness). The bar was dark but I was loving the random decor going on around me. Nothing made sense as far as how the multiple rooms in this bar were designed but it was perfect. After meeting up with my photographer, we went to the back room where the stage was. It felt like a basement or someone’s living room and, although my photographer didn’t seem to thrilled about the lighting situation (or lack there of), I was stoked to be at a show like this.
The show was kicked off by General B and the Wiz. This group is one of those groups I had been wanting to see for awhile now but it just never seemed to work out timing wise. Saturday night was my chance and I could feel the excitement build up in me as the five piece crowded onto the small stage in the corner of the room. They wasted no time and kicked into their nearly forty-five minute set. Although these guys had been on my “must see” list for awhile, I really had no clue what to expect from them. I really just wanted to see them because they had been buzzing around the local scene for awhile now and even some of my friends down in Iowa have been harping on me about them. Within the first song, it made sense.
General B and the Wiz had an almost satire sense to them what with their quirky lyrics and the way they clearly didn’t take themselves too seriously. That being said, there’s actually talent in this band. It’s obviously not just a joke, more just a sense of humor shining through the music. Between the synchronized dance moves dedicated to the guys of Koo Koo Kanga Roo for their cover of “Last Christmas” (the almost interpretive dance depicted the store of a forbidden love between the two guitarists) and the way keyboardist lifted up his clearly heavy keyboard and pretended it was a keytar was more than enough to have me and the sold out crowd around me roaring with laughter. It may have taken me awhile to finally catch this group live but hopefully it won’t be long before I get another chance. I get the hype now and I’m officially on that General B and the Wiz train.
Up next was MC Lars and, if you’ve been following my blog, you know that I absolutely adore this guy. Much like headlining act Koo Koo Kanga Roo, MC Lars is very good at performing in front of younger audiences. You can tell by the way he refuses to curse and just the way he reassures the crowd that they are awesome. It sounds cheesy, trust me, I know, but it’s also amazing and leads to a show you will never forget. MC Lars’ set was full of his signature “lit-hop”. What is “lit-hop” you may ask? It is seriously rapping about anything from the literary world. MC Lars’ obsession with Edgar Allen Poe was clear as he played through three songs about the iconic rapper. Although he’s the Godfather of “lit-hop” he has other songs too. Last night he played my two favorites from his expansive repitoire- “Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock” (a song that literally lists things you can buy from Hot Topic and then states that said items are not punk rock) and “Download This Song” (a song that he did with the singer of Bowling For Soup about how music should be free– this was writing back in 2005– it was a different time when this idea was actually super controversial). Regardless of what song he was playing, MC Lars had the older crowd on their feet and participating with smiles on their faces.
Closing out the night was a band that is truly a prize of the Twin Cities- Koo Koo Kanga Roo. As I briefly mentioned, the music of this duo is geared towards much younger people than the crowd that had gathered at the 21+ show on Saturday night. Think Sesame Street meets The Beastie Boys and you might have something close to what KKKR is. Neil & Bryan (the masterminds behind the group) literally tour around elementary schools with their shtick but have gained this cult following in the punk scene. I can’t quite explain it to you. It’s definitely something that you just have to experience for yourself.
It’s true that, when watching KKKR, you are instantly transformed into a little kid again (although majority of the crowd keeps a cold beer in their hand throughout the set). When the men of KKKR ask you to do the “Dinosaur Stomp” with them, they do it. During “Everybody Poops” when the come out into the crowd and start shoving the microphone in people’s faces, you scream “poop!” as loud as you can when it comes to you. When they say to pass the stuffed cat throughout the entire venue during “Cat Party” but not to hog it, you do exactly that and, after one pet of the stuffed cat, it’s onto the next person. It’s quite ridiculous to be honest. A bunch of adults in a bar with maybe one too many drinks following through their systems, singing a song about how they want a peanut butter & jelly sandwich but they want “NO CRUST!”
It doesn’t matter if you’re having one of the worst days of your life or how sick you are, if you walk into a KKKR show, there’s a smile on your face and you’re doing every single dance move with a sense of energy that you didn’t even know you had in you. So maybe I wasn’t able to dance the strep out of my throat but I was able to have a hell of a good Saturday night. Now, excuse me while I take a couple of days off of shows so I can finally talk and eat again.
Venue: Kitty Cat Klub
Sausage Fest Meter- 6 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 32
Crowd Surfers- 0
Stage Divers- 0
Broken Bones- 0
Spotted Flying Through The Air- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- 0
Celebrity Sightings- None
Overall Score- 10 out of 10
Show on Deck- $uicideboy$