Gil Mantera’s Party Dream: Unplugged…Again…and Again…and Again…

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Walking into Beauty Bar makes you wish you’d donned your black leggings (guys), pretentiously coiffed hair, and the gaze that screams, “I just threw up in the bathroom.” Well, that might be a tad extreme, but it appears Gil Mantera’s Party Dream and Camel Cigarettes bring out the hipster’s hipster. While the hipster ‘tude and body odor are usually a deal breaker for any venue for Coffee and Doughnut, the hype surrounding the Party was enough for us to make headway to the front of the stage at Beauty Bar on Saturday, December 15.

 

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Tuesday Night with the Check O Crew

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Big plans were in store on Tuesday, December 18th for us here at Breakfast on Tour. Scion hosted its monthly no-cover at Warehouse Live featuring Slick Rick, Percee P, and Connie Price and the Keystones, and we were determined to enjoy some old school hip-hop. These normally have a really good vibe, but the size of the crowd is always hit-or-miss. Being a free show there is always the slight chance that it will reach capacity, only ever happening once before with Gnarls Barkley. It was evident though on Tuesday night that all of Houston’s hip-hop heads decided to come out. When we arrived at about 10:30 it was full. They had already established the one-out/one-in rule, and staying until at least 100 people left did not sound like a good idea to us. Instead of standing around all night we decided to head over to G.R.A.B. bar to catch up with our friends from Houston based hip-hop group Check Other.

 

Check Other 

 

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C-Dub, the Cornerstone To Any Nutritious Breakfast!

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Two dollar Old Style tall boys were flowing heavily on Friday, December 14 at Knickerbockers in downtown Lincoln, NE. Cornerstone Dub(C-Dub), a local act, was set to hit the stage sometime during the night. Rumor was that they were supposed to be on at nine o’clock, but arriving at that time, I soon realized that was not the case. C-Dub was at the bar having drinks as their opener, the 5150’s from Omaha,were warming up.

Knickerbockers has become a staple in the music scene in Lincoln. The old wood-floored building has hosted several notable acts over the years and has helped Lincoln witness a small musical revival throughout the past few years. After promoters noticed that several bands were playing larger cities with no stops in between, they set out to get some of these acts in Lincoln, many of them at Knickerbockers. Some of the most recent acts to visit this stage include Hot Buttered Rum, Railroad Earth, Jah Roots, Particle, and Trampled By Turtles, to name a few.

On the other hand, several local acts frequent the venue, including Cornerstone Dub, a sort of rock/reggae/ska/everything-in-between act. Poor weather was to blame for a small crowd, but that didn’t keep several C-Dub regulars and a few randoms from showing up for the event. It was to be a quite intimate night for all involved.

 

 

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That 1 Guy

3:57 am by

That 1 Guy brought his musical inventiveness to the stage at the Continental Club on Thursday, November 29.

That 1 Guy - The Moon is Disgusting

It’s difficult to describe my initial reaction to That 1 Guy’s performance. If pressed, the only way that I could concisely describe it is like this: it made me smile. I stepped through the venue’s front door and into an aural and visual dreamland where a hatted man produces sound using a tricked-out steel pipe, and it actually sounds good. No, not just good–incredible. How could that not make you grin uncontrollably? I found myself irresistibly drawn to the stage, where I then stood and gawked with agape mouth, thinking, “I want to touch it”–‘it’ being The Magic Pipe that is an integral part of this one-man show. You really can’t help but stare at it–I observed several other fans gaping at the stage with the same look of dumbfounded awe on their faces that I wore on mine.

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Peter Bjorn and John; The Besnard Lakes

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Friday, November 23rd brought Swedish indie-pop group Peter Bjorn and John to Warehouse Live. Providing support were Canadian up-and-comers The Besnard Lakes.

 

Peter Bjorn and John at Warehouse Live 

Upon taking the stage, The Besnard Lakes impressed me with a sound that demonstrated what would happen if Broken Social Scene covered Explosions In The Sky. The 6-piece indie group from Montreal must have decided that they wanted to make me a fan that night, because that’s exactly what happened (look for a CD review of their latest release, The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse, in the near future). They delivered a full sound to the half-filled Warehouse Live before PB&J took the stage.

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Papa Grows Funk

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The music of New Orleans has held a special place in my heart ever since seeing my first zydeco group in the French Quarter 10 years ago. Since then I have always been interested in any band that had that crescent city flair. On Thursday, November 15, New Orleans staple Papa Grows Funk rolled into Houston for a gig at the Continental Club.

Continental Club marquee - Papa Grows Funk 


Papa Grows Funk are a five-piece outfit formed in 2000 by the group’s namesake John ‘Papa’ Gros. Gros led regular Monday night jam sessions at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans which eventually led to the forming of what we now know as Papa Grows Funk. They have held the same Monday night residency at the Maple Leaf since they formed, while also making short trips to other parts of the country to gig.

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Ghostland Observatory

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There may be no party in a sad, sad city, but that certainly wasn’t the case Friday, November 9 when Aaron Behrens and Thomas Turner of Ghostland Observatory took the stage at Warehouse Live. If the lasers, Turner’s cape, and Behrens’ long braids and glossy shirt didn’t tip you off, the immediate dance party that began with the first note did: this was going to be a funky night.

 

Warehouse Live marquee - Ghostland Observatory 

In a display of cloudy foresight and poor planning, the Breakfast On Tour crew was waiting in line for beer when the duo began their set. We enthusiastically and impatiently danced in place, exchanging periodic looks of anguish. Coffee almost couldn’t take it — as soon as her drinks were in her hands, she darted off through the crowd on a mission for a prime spot.

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