We knew June was going to be a packed month of shows. Running the Blog for MMW7 has brought us to a quite a few. Recently we saw some musically inspired readings, a hip-hop show with these 2 and looking forward to some grungy rock at Double Door on Wed. We also saw the Pelican/Mono show we commented on, Canasta, The M's, Catfish Haven, etc. at RibFest and also caught these funny folks at the Museum of Science and Industry. At some point during the weekend we saw this play, ate at the Grizzley Lodge (despite their running out of specialty food, which was corrected at their Ribfest booth) and drank some delcious heavy draught at Glunz Bavirian Haus. Time for a nap.
As we grow older we’re supposed to mature. That‘s the accepted philosophy. It’s no different with musicians. Even the most fun-loving party bands are expected to make better records and improved music as they transgress through their careers. Lotus, the groove-oriented Philly quintet, is a band that seemed to be doing just that.
The name Steely Dan evokes thoughts of a bygone era. For some, the soothing pop of the Seventies jazz-pop giants stir feelings of Sunday afternoon euphoria and relaxing walks in the park. To others, the band brings on emotions of dusty, out-of-date music best left in the past.
First off let me say I am not an Umphreak. Even though I have been to 14 shows dating back to 2000, I in no way claim knowledge of the musical details about this band qualifying me as anything but a casual observer. Reporting on a band with as religious of a following as Umphreys McGee a disclaimer of this nature is necessary.