The first show we decided to sponsor ended up being a bit of a disaster, but all was not lost. On April 17, 2008 at Club 770 in Madison, WI, we were planning on having a wonderful live event featuring Minus the
Bear, Portugal. The Man, The Big Sleep, and The Felix Culpa. Unfortunately, the promoter cut The Felix Culpa from the bill the day before the show, and Portugal. The Man’s van broke down in Chicago on their way to the venue. This led to pushing back doors and starting the show at 9:30 instead of the advertised 8 PM. This also led to many disappointed kids who had come from far and wide (some driving five hours) not getting to see the concert they paid for. Alas, the show did go on.
Kicking things off was The Big Sleep, a name surprisingly apt for the act. There was nothing particularly original or moving about the music, often just coming off as an amalgam of overused hooks and unfocused psychedelia.
Minus the Bear got off to a bit of a rocky start when a fight broke out in front of the stage, but the bassist and vocalist jumped offstage and escorted the offending party outside. The rest of the set went reasonably well, save a few minor technical difficulties. In any case, the crowd enjoyed the set, and playing “…Crisco Twister” was enough to make M|H happy. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us! We hope to bring you more shows in the future.
SET LIST: Knights, Memphis & 53rd, Thanks For The Killer Game of Crisco Twister, Double Vision Quest, White Mystery, I’m Totally Not Down With Rob’s Alien, We Are Not A Football Team, Dr. L’Ling, Part 2, Throwin’ Shapes, The Fix, Lemurs, Man, Lemurs, Pachuca Sunrise, Ice Monster, Fulfill the Dream, Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse