The hipster kids didnít care that it was a school night as hundreds showed up to fill the Black Catís back stage to see solo performances by Rebecca Gates (of the Spinanes) and Ted Leo (of The Pharmacists). The artistsí agent requested to play the clubís smaller room, in order to make the show more intimate, even after it was apparent there were almost enough kids there to fill up the main hall. The back stage was like a detention room the day after Senior Cut Day as capacity nearly doubled Fire Marshall Billís count.
Rebecca Gates came out with her Guild guitar in hand and set the tone of school teacher about to educate an eager night class in Sultry Vocals 101. Rebecca seemed to win the crowd over, minus the kids in front of me who managed to have a punch/giggle fight throughout the set, with a set full of Spinanes classics.
After a forty-five minute set, Ms. Gates made way for the Mr. Leo. This being my first Leo show since he fronted DCís Chisel in the mid '90s, I wasnít as prepared to scream out requests like the rest of the crowd, but Tedís stage presence definitely won me over. Sporting a blue and yellow striped rugby shirt, the actual colors of my elementary school, Ted thanked the club for providing him a towel to wipe off his perspiration due to his Italian sweat glands as he more than went through the motions during his set full of Ted Leo/Rx favorites. If this what detention is like when youíre 30, Iím all about failing out this semester. Ted Leo solo act heads west with show through early October catch him if you can.