Just wanted to excerpt an email I received yesterday from my dad. For his birthday, my little sister got the two of them tickets to see TRS mainstays the Hold Steady at the Southgate House in Newport, Kentucky (about 75 miles north of where we live). Here's his synopsis:
Loved the Hold Steady and Craig Finn was so much fun to watch, as was the keyboardist. Really impressed with the lead guitarist too. Opening act, The Ratchetts, were pretty good and had some good songs in their 30 minute set, but the next act, the Wolverton Brothers, were the absolutely worst opening act I've ever heard; worse than the Angelistos*, or whatever that band we saw opening for someone who I can't remember at Bogarts... Anyway, still
pumped about the Hold Steady and have tried to spread the word at work today. They only played about an hour, but it was one song after another non stop, although they didn't play "Chillout Tent", one of my favs.
*By "Angelistos", he's referring to Desaparecidos, Conor Oberst's side project, who did absolutely suck, opening for someone I can't remember either.