Wednesday, May 27, 2009

FRI 5/29 & SAT 5/30: The Figgs @ Midway Cafe

The Figgs
FRI 5/29

The Figgs, John Powhida International Airport, The Boston Beat Machine

SAT 5/30

The Figgs, The In Out, The Boston Beat Machine

Update: Both nights are sold out.

at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$10 / 21+

As far as I'm concerned The Figgs are one of the great American rock 'n roll bands, so it's an amazing treat to see them in a tiny club like the Midway.

When I moved to Boston, my friend Margot put in the "Sucking in Stereo" CD, and I was immediately hooked. I pull out that CD to this day for power-pop bliss. They pack a mighty wallop of high-octane rock yet they'll stretch all over the map as they see fit.

I don't want to raise expectations too high, but when I've seen them their performances have ranged from thoroughly impressive to pure ecstasy like being in front of The Who or Cheap Trick in their prime.

It's not unprecedented for The Figgs to do a small-club gig in Boston, but the combination of their maximum rock 'n roll and a JP dive bar is really hard to beat. I think the current capacity at the Midway is less than 100, and let me reiterate it's going to be a loud, full-on rawk fest.

The Boston Beat Machine open both nights and should be something to hear; it seems like the band includes Tom from The Dirty Truckers and Jim from Buttercup. I'm a John Powhida fan, so I'd recommend Friday night.

This is technically a $10 show, but there's a $2 service fee for advance tickets. It seems like advance tix are still available, but I doubt that any will be available at the door.

Doors open at 8pm, and I suspect The Figgs go on between 11pm and 11:30pm.

It's EarthFest weekend so who knows who else might be hanging out...

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