The Airborne Toxic Event
What can I say about The Airborne Toxic Event that I haven’t already said… about a thousand times before? So I’ll just say to the uninitiated that they put on one of the most awe-inspiring performances I’ve ever seen in my many years of concert-going, and a whole lot of people agree with me. This time out, they’ve changed their set around to include not only songs which will likely appear on their second album (“Echo Park”, “A Letter to Georgia”, and “All I Ever Wanted”), but also new covers of the Drifters, Yo La Tengo, and The Magnetic Fields – plus a lovely acoustic set in the middle. A new stage design – on, I’m guessing, stages large enough to accommodate it (which will be most of them, since they’re playing larger venues now), and a new Moog as well!
“Letter to Georgia” – Pomona, CA, September 17, 2009
video by Henry Ruiz
The Henry Clay People
The Henry Clay People need no introduction to anyone who saw them with Airborne earlier in the year. But if you didn’t, you can read my profile. To summarize, their specialty is classic rock with a quirky indie twist; intelligent lyrics and a loose, highly entertaining stage demeanor. An absolute lack of pretension and the sincere desire to induct every member of the audience as an official band member. Hellacious fun.
“End Of An Empire”
Red Cortez are yet another astonishing band who have performed at clubs around East L.A., and though I’ve been enjoying their music, this will be my first time seeing them. I’ve heard great, great things, so I’m really looking forward to it. As with HCP, I did a profile on them a little while back. I’ll just repeat what I said then: their music has a social relevance and an energetic urgency, with influences ranging from blues and Latin-tinged folk to 60â€™s garage and punk… lyrically like beat poetry. Judging from recent comments of those who have seen them (with many accolades for frontman Harley Prechtel-Cortez), it seems like they put on an impressive show. This is probably one time when you’ll want to get there early to catch the opening bands.
(courtesy of Groupee.com
Parson Red Heads
(Clifton Park, NY show only)
I thought I must be seeing things when I read this, but it’s apparently true: The Parson Red Heads – yes, another wonderful band from the ‘East L.A. scene’ – are joining Airborne Tox, The Henry Clay People and Red Cortez for the Clifton Park, NY show at Northern Lights. Lordy!! (I guess it’s fairly obvious that I’m rather impressed with the bands offerings from this particular part of L.A.). Once again, I’m familiar with their music, but have never seen them live. These guys have a psychedelic, folky sound, with influences such as The Kinks, Big Star, The Byrds, CSN&Y, Neil Young, Fairport Convention… In other words, quite different in style from the other three bands, which will give a really nice mix of styles and personalities.
It will be quite a night. If you’re anywhere in the area, do consider going, because I think it unlikely you’ll see these four bands performing together again.
The Airborne Toxic Event w/The Henry Clay People & Red Cortez – East Coast dates
10/10/09 ~ Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA ~ 8:00pm. SOLD OUT
10/12/09 ~ 930 Club, Washington, DC ~ 8:00pm. :: buy tickets ::
10/13/09 ~ House Of Blues, Boston, MA ~ 8:00pm. :: buy tickets ::
10/15/09 ~ Webster Hall, New York, NY ~ 8:00pm. SOLD OUT
10/16/09 ~ Webster Hall, New York, NY ~ 8:00pm. :: buy tickets ::
10/17/09 ~ Northern Lights, Clifton Park (Albany), NY ~ 8:00pm. *** w/Parson Red Heads also!! *** :: buy tickets ::