Hrm.  Posting late in the day doesn’t feel too great, so I’m going to strive to post earlier.  Yesterday was only a minor exception to routine (see below!) and it knocked me out of whack schedule-wise, so I’ll need to focus more on stick-to-it’ness.

My opportunity to get myself out and about came much earlier than I was expecting — a high school friend, Amy, posted on Facebook that she and her frontlady Mia Riddle would be going on tour with the start of the new year, and part of their tour was taking them to Seattle.

When?  Why, Monday night, of course!

Good man Lee Sharpe had my back, agreeing to join me on the expedition, and I let Amy know that I was going to show and hear their rockin’ tunes.  We headed down there yesterday, to a bar in Ballard called Sunset Tavern.  It was cute, and very very red.  We got there a bit before show start, so people trickled in at a slowish rate, which meant it was a lot less crowded than I expected.  Which also meant a table for us!

Shortly after I got my Black Russian following my White Russian (the bartender claimed she was out of blue and purple, so my original Grape Crush order was unfulfillable <– drink snobbery), Amy showed up and sat with us.  Over ten years had passed since I departed our high school, so needless to say, we had a lot to catch up on and not nearly enough time for it.  She seemed very happy to be performing (it’s clear she loves the music) and only mildly stressed about (not having a) regular job.  I envy anyone who can just go for it and get into something like live performance and all the risks it entails, and Amy is no exception!

Afterward, we chatted only briefly – the band that took the stage after Mia, Amy and crew was titled Demon Rind and unsurprisingly was quite (obnoxiously) loud.  I got to meet Mia and discover her “day job” is ALSO web developer – small world!

The show overall was pretty great, the people even more so.  I miss being in bars, and although Lee was excellent company, the more the merrier!  I might be forced to take drastic measures to get more people to attend my next outing!

If you’re interested in the kind of music they played, google Mia Riddle and use the handy lala.com links to listen in on a sampling – of course, you won’t be able to listen to my current favorite, Las Palmas, from their new album, which I have on the EP I bought from them (neener neener).