Sunday, January 18, 2009

Local Bar Scene

If you know David, you know that for most of his life he has lived and breathed music. He loves to listen to it, play it, watch it. Anything to do with music, he's there. It's been a few years since he's been part of a "band." However, recently he's joined up with an established group called Mudflower. They play originals along with covers from a variety of genres. At this point we're not sure what the future plans of the band are, given that one of the members may be relocating, but for the time being it's something he enjoys, along with having the ability to make a few extra dollars. Saturday night was their first gig in a neighboring town. Ultimately everything went well, but with taking hours to setup to missing sound cables, falling lights, and a band member hitting David's Tank (just to name a few mishaps) it made for a hectic ending to a very hectic week.

I know I'm not a person that fits into the norm. I know I don't necessarily go with the flow of what others like to do. Once again, it's not that I'm trying to be different, it's just that some things aren't "my thing" and I tend to stick out like a sore thumb when put into those type of situations. Bar scene being one of those situations. I can count on my one hand how many times we've been at a bar on a Saturday night. It's just not our thing. In addition, David and I aren't big alcohol drinkers. We may have a drink at home or I'll have a drink with dinner, but it's VERY rare for us to go out to have a drink. With that being said, I found out one thing. I definitely do not fit into a small town hillbilly local bar scene. I'm sure it may be slightly different if it were a bigger "scene." But even so, I'm sure I wouldn't fit in at a martini bar either (too haughty for me). I should say that our experiences at Bier Markt/Bar Cento are an exception to this. We felt comfortable and welcomed there and didn't feel like we stuck out like we were newbies.

Needless to say, without having much experience on the scene it was an interesting night. I got to see spend the night in a smoke-filled room (yeah, even with the smoking ban in Ohio...guess it's the only bar in town that doesn't enforce the ban), people getting wasted, drinking their money away, and an individual falling out on the dance floor and hitting her head on the stage. While taking pictures and video I had two girls come up to introducing themselves to me (even though they had already done so earlier in the evening), wanting their picture taken. Even after taking one picture they persisted on on wanting more pictures and started hanging on me. It took all of me not to say, "Bitch, I ain't your friend!" and push them away. Thankfully I just ignored them and they finally left me alone. I even got to have the experience of collecting the cover at the entrance, when someone needed to step away. Big surprise, but the first person I encountered gave me a rough time. Obviously I didn't last long at the door. Later in the evening I got pounded on the shoulder by the owner, yelling at me for having the door open. I had not gone through that specific door at any point in the evening and had no idea it was open, but I got yelled at for it. This doesn't even include the ruckus that occurred after the gig, and thankfully after I left. Oh Lord was it an interesting night!

Ultimately I enjoyed seeing Mudflower, especially my husband, doing their thing. I think they did a great job, given it was their first gig, and actually look forward to seeing them again. I have no idea how I'll keep up with this whole bar scene deal, but I plan to continue being the supporting wife that takes the pictures, and that's okay with me.

I'll post some pictures later but here are some videos for your viewing pleasure:

Led Zepplin Rock And Roll:

David's Led Zepplin Rock And Roll Drum Solo-He says it sounds like crap because he was tired, but I enjoy it:

Billy Idol's Rebel Yell:

1 comment:

Randy Hammons said...

Sounds like you had quite the time. I wouldn't say this experience is the most definitive of the local bar scene, but it is of the local hill-billy bars. Most of the establishments downtown have really done a great job of getting people not to smoke inside and the bar experience is much improved down there because of it, though this does not improve their musical tastes by any amount :-). Even a lot of the sports bars around town do a fair job of keeping the smoking ban enforced. Not that I'm a huge frequenter or anything, but we do go out now and then and usually have a great, smoke free, jerk free time, but there's always a fluke chance of something no matter where you go.