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Why does the Regattabar hate music?

[This is my Yelp review of the Regattabar in Cambridge – I really feel they totally disrespected both the musicans (NRBQ) and the audience when I went there for the first time last night – please spread the word]

Several friends & I went to see NRBQ at the Regattabar last night. We were all excited, as this was the band’s first appearance in Boston/Cambridge in a very long time (at least 10 years, maybe longer), they have a new album out, and we’d seen them the night before in Pawtucket and they sounded great.

Well, the band sounded great once again – lots of great surprises, as NRBQ always provides, as well as some old favorites and tracks from the new album.

But this isn’t a review of NRBQ, it’s a review of the Regattabar, and the Regattabar let us down last night. Quite frankly, based on what I experienced, the club has no business hosting music events, as it seems the club managment has no passion for music.

Originally this had been scheduled as a two-show night (two hour+ shows most likely), but the second show had been canceled. Great, we thought – more NRBQ, as they often play 2+ hours (the night before, at the Met Cafe in Pawtucket, they easily played for 3 hours, including the encore). About an hour into the show, the club stopped serving drinks and turned off the air conditioning, leaving an almost full house in a sweltering, stagnant room. It was almost as if they were trying to force us into leaving because we were uncomfortable.

But the music was so good, very few people were interested in leaving – the band mixed ballads, barn-burners, and all in-between to keep us interested and smiling and, if we’d been allowed, drinking (which of course would have made the club more money – those drinks they have aren’t cheap!!!).

But eventually the club manager was seen pulling aside the band’s road manager (taking him outside the club even), and it was pretty obvious he was trying to get the band to stop playing – he was huffing & puffing and eventually went to the soundman, apparently getting ready to pull the plug on the music.

The band finished their set, albeit in a truncated manner – no chance to build to a big crescendo for the final song or two – and as soon as the last note finished, the lights came on and the house system music came on; the band wasn’t even off the stage and out the door. There was to be no encore and the audience wasn’t given the opportunity to show the band the love that we were all feeling for them.

Both musicians and audience were completely disrespected by the Regattabar. I doubt I’ll ever set foot in the place again; I’ll certainly think twice or thrice before doing it, and only for a “must see” or “once in a lifetime” type performance.

I really wonder why the Regattabar seems to hate musicians and music fans so much to treat us so poorly.

One star, and only because Yelp won’t let me leave the rating blank.

This Review on Yelp

[on the plus side: I did get to sit next to Peter Wolf, it was great seeing so many friends there, the band was smokin’]

 

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Killer Twitter App for Android

Where is it?  That’s what I want to know.  Lots of decent apps out there, and some do several things well and others do other things well, but nothing I’ve found does them all, at least not all that I want them to do.

Here’s what I want my Android Twitter app to be able to do:

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Nyjer Morgan

Not that anyone is asking me, but I sure don’t blame Nyjer Morgan for charging the mound after being thrown at twice in one game tonight against the Marlins. I understand why he got hit the first time (retaliation for his cheap shot hit on the Marlins catcher the previous night), and he didn’t start a fight after that one, but then they threw at him again later in the game. What up wit that?

Apparently he broke some unwritten rule by stealing 2nd & 3rd with his team down by 11 runs after he got hit by a pitch earlier in the game. So what? Like a team has never come back from that far down? Every run counts, and the name of the game is to get yourself in a position to score runs. When a batter hits a home run after getting hit by a pitch his previous, we laud his determination. But Morgan isn’t known as a home run hitter, he’s a base stealer and run scorer, so he did what comes naturally … he stole bases and got to 3rd base, where all sorts of things could have resulted in his scoring.


Don’t get me wrong, I think Morgan is a bit of a punk, and he’s definitely got some issues (he recently threw a ball at someone in the stands), but when the ball gets thrown behind you when you’ve already been hit by a pitch in the game, well … he’s sure not the first guy to charge the mound after something like that.


Would I rather have seen him get on base and steal 3 bases, including home, this time? Hell yeah. That would’ve shown ’em!

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Just how stupid do you think we are, ESPN?

So … last night I’m having a post-dinner cocktail with my friend Jen the Masseuse and I see on the ESPN crawl this breaking news: “LeBron James reportedly will announce his free agency decision during a one-hour special on ESPN Thursday night at 9pm, according to independent sources who spoke to Chris Broussard of ESPN”.

Here’s an idea, ESPN … I’m guessing SOMEONE in the company knew for sure whether or not the report was true … why not just announce it rather than some vague report based on “independent sources”? Are we really supposed to believe that you scooped YOURSELVES?
And really … an hour to announce his decision? Will he hand out roses to the GM’s of the final 5 teams, before he makes his final decision? Maybe we’ll see exit interviews with the spurned GMs and coaches, as they cry for the camera because they just don’t understand how he could have led them on like that.
I guess I’ll skip the special and just wait to see the highlights on SportsCenter.

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Here’s a tip …

… if you’re worried about being embarrassed by your pharmacy purchase, it’s probably not a good idea to draw attention to yourself by yelling at the sales clerk.

I just saw it happen at the local CVS. A customer was purchasing something at the back sales registers, where the pharmacy stuff is normally handled. Apparently, they didn’t have a bag large enough for her purchase. The cashier apologized and offered to run up to the front register and get a proper sized bag, but the customer was having none of it and stormed out, saying she was going to another CVS branch instead. Of course, everyone in the area noticed.

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Are you flippin’ kidding me?

I went to the Wellfleet movie theater to see “Gran Torino” with my buddy Lou this evening. We both thought the movie was great … and then the fire alarm went off in the theater … film off, lights on, annoying alarm … all four movie theaters in the building had to evacuate.

They gave us passes for a future movie (good for a year), but neither of us really wants to sit through the good portion of the movie (about an hour & a quarter) that we’ve already seen. We’re thinking we might end up using the passes to see another movie, but get to the theater early and sneak in to catch the last half hour or so of “Gran Torino”.

Anyway … it looked to be a really good movie. Good performances, good writing. Just wondering how the freakin’ thing ends!

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farewell, o clothes of summer

I was going out to dinner last night with my friends The Berkshirites, and realized that it was my first night out after Labor Day, and as such, it was time to find something else to wear other than linen or seersucker.

*sigh*

*big, heavy sigh*

I hate bowing to the fashion police.

To be honest, the weather does seem to feel more fall-like these days, but I bet it’s still warmer than some of the June days when I was wearing my summer clothes. But in those days, I think I wear them more to get myself in the mood for summer, rather than wear them because they’re needed to keep cool.

So … goodbye, seersucker; hello, chinos.

I’m still wearing flip-flops if I want to, dammit.