OK, sure, my birthday is not technically till next week, but Jeff and Danielle couldn’t convince Poi Dog Pondering to delay their visit to Denver by a few days. I understood. I mean, the fact that they came to Denver to celebrate my birthday at all is pretty cool. And arranging for all those other people to show up so I wouldn’t feel stupid dancing by myself? Breeelliant!
But first, we had dinner at the Samba Room. Paella with lobster. Fruity mojitos. Seriously, the best way to start off a night. If only we’d been able to find a babysitter for Declan so Bryan could join us – it would have been perfect. But our best babysitters were the ones taking me out – a fatal flaw in the plan.
Next, to the Walnut Room for the show. Opening act Rob Drabkin amused us the whole way there and we hadn’t even heard him yet. Drabkin. Drahb-kin. Try it. It’s just fun to say. Then the dude stepped up on stage with his HUGE-ASS HAIR and KICKED HUGE-ASS AWESOME. I met him after his show and he was super friendly as well as talented. By this time, a few tequila shots had made their way down my throat (how did that happen???) But, I promise, tequila does not affect my ears. This kid is good. Very Dave Matthews Band, but good. Check him out. And not just because I promised him I would plug him on this blog.
And holy cow, Poi Dog Pondering is still so damn fun to see live. Bryan and I saw them at The Fox in Boulder over 12 years ago. TWELVE YEARS AGO. And yet, 12 years later, the ankle I broke in Mexico hurts like a motherfucker from dancing my
ass ankle off last night. I can’t recommend this band highly enough if they come play near you. Run, do not wallk.
(Sorry for the cruddy sound quality. And the dancing.)
Oh. And if you don’t see them live, at least check out their latest album, 7. I listened to it on the way in – savoring those cool signatures all over it – and it is truly awesome. At first blush, I am loving Lemon Drop Man, Rusted Weather, Baby Together, and Heaven Only Knows the bestest. What do you guys think?
And, seriously, mucho thanks to Jeff and Danielle. Thumbs up for your gift-giving abilities. The hangover is totally worth it.