Friday, September 9, 2011

Charleston adora[tion] - September 9, 2011

On Fridays, I do a little tribute to the town that I live in. If you're not familiar with Charleston adora[tion], it all stemmed from here. For those of you who read regularly, you know that I've been slack in this department lately... I skipped a week, then I did a post of my office, and here I am again empty handed (well, not really).

Actually this post's place was surprisingly entertaining, but here's the kicker, there are NO photos from the evening. 0. Nada. So, maybe I'll do what I rarely do, and pull some photos from the internet? Maybe share a video? Here goes...

So this week (drumroll please), Brian and I did something we've never done. We went to Rock N' Roll trivia! If you thought I was going to review the Gillian Welch & David Rawlings concert from a few weeks back (pictured below), sorry. Although that was an incredible show, that I may recap towards the bottom. I really just through this photo in because it's the last show we saw, hence the musical topic of this post.

There is a bar that we were supposed to go see a concert at back in November (I think), so we bought a Living Social deal worth $25 of food & drink, and then ended up not going to the concert. Thereby, never heading to Mount Pleasant (which to Charlestonians who spend a lot of time on James Island, seems like it's across the world!). Anywho, our $25 was about to expire, and we caught wind that this particular bar has Rock N' Roll trivia!

I must admit, I was quite intrigued and nervous all at the same time. I mean, we LOVE music, but it's not necessarily what one would call mainstream. Unless mainstream is classic rock or any music from the 50's, 60's, 70's, & 80's, with a little 90's grunge thrown in for good measure.

So we show up at the Village Tavern, and there are 3 people sitting at the bar. One of which has a laptop, and is firing off trivia questions, while the other two eagerly write down their answers. Luckily they were only 2 questions in, and decided to let us join in, therefore repeating the questions for us to catch up. By no means will I remember ALL of the questions, since there were about 25 total, but I will try to throw a couple in here.

The one that I am most proud of (mainly because the rock geniuses DIDN'T know it) and I'm the only one who got it right...

What are the Go Go's doing on their 1982 Vacation album cover?

I honestly thought this might be a trick question because I could only remember the video, where they are water skiing. So I guessed water skiing. And I was RIGHT!

Another question, that we (The Lion & the Hen) got HALF right was... 

In 1967, Otis Redding played what music festival in California, and who was his back-up band?

The Lion actually knew part of this one. The half of the answer that he got was the Monterey Pop Festival, the second part of the question was Booker T. & the MG's. To catch a glimpse of this, check out the video below. Unfortunately, Otis died about 6 months later in a plane crash.

T. Ballard Lesemann writes the music articles for the Charleston City Paper, and he is the man. He is also the trivia guy, and I felt like I was soaking up musical knowledge just by being in his presence. He's a Rush-loving, Spinal Tap junkie, who knows every band, the bandmembers, the album release dates of all their songs, as well as their children and dogs names. Just kidding, but he did know an awful lot of information!

So, yes, this is definitely something we will do again! And if there are any other music lovers out there that would like to join our team, come on down! We could use the help. Although we did win 3rd place! Of course there were only 3 teams, but we did get 20 out of 25 points! And 2nd place only had 1/2 a point more than us! So we weren't SO bad.

I'll leave you with one more photo of the Gillian Welch/David Rawlings show at the Charleston Music Hall at the end of August.

Didn't Brian take amazing photos? It helped that we were 4th row, center. I will say that this is how music should be experienced. Two microphones for two vocalists playing guitars, banjos, and harmonicas with a few knee slaps and clogging steps for rhythm.  No band. What an incredible night! And not only did they do an encore, but they came back for a second one, and stepped out to the edge of the stage, with no mics. Just their voices (in a low volume) with their guitars and sang "Long Black Veil". So powerful in the awesome concert hall, packed to the brim. Nothing quite like a packed house on a Sunday night, for good down-home music.

So there you go, a 2-for-1 of sorts! Have a great weekend!

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