Wednesday, August 19, 2009

WED 8/19: Music & Dance

Keeping it brief today, so the CTB team can get the weekend (and beyond) in good shape...

There's a lot of female-powered music tonight. Does anyone say "girl power" anymore? Or "grrrl power"? Are the Powerpuff Girls in high school now and dress like goth chicks?

See the bottom for the spare details I have about drinking some free light beer tomorrow.


WED 8/19

7pm to 10pm
Outdoor Dancing
at Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard (near Courageous Sailing Center)

Try a few dance styles like swing/salsa/ballroom. There's a short lesson at the beginning, then it's "open dancing". No experience or partner necessary. Instructors from Charlestown SuperShag Dance Studios will be there to help. Could be fun... Could be lame...

Sample plan: Have a few beverages at Tavern On The Water then casually suggest a stroll along the water.

(Also next Wednesday.)

WED 8/19

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, Sarah RabDAU & Self-Employed Assassins, The Sun Lee Sunbeam, Highly Personal Trash, Apple Betty
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

Tentative schedule:
9pm -- Apple Betty
9:45pm -- Highly Personal Trash
10:30pm -- The Sun Lee Sunbeam
11:15pm -- Sarah RabDAU and Self-Employed Assassins
Midnight -- Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Singer-drummer Sophia of D.N.F.M.O.M.D. is celebrating her birthday with a bunch of musical friends and the first full performance of this duo with Motion Sick frontman Michael on bass. I've heard a few songs, and the minimalist, arty, punky approach works! She's also bringing vegan cupcakes to share with people.

Someone called it a "celebration of chick rock". All of the bands are led by women, and Apple Betty is a straight-up rocking trio of dames; they could start the party, cap it off, or create a party out any gig. Highly Personal Trash and The Sun Lee Sunbeam deliver fine pop-rock; the former leaning pop and the latter leaning rockwise.

When I went to Bastille Day A-Go-Go last year, there were many duets with the band throughout the night. The uncontested highlight was Sarah Rabdau's performance with Peter Moore. Since that night, I adore all of her stuff.

Should be a good time. That drunk goofball next to you could be me...

WED 8/19

Kay McKinstry & The Good Pour
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

One day, you will be able to hear the melodious tones of Kay and The Good Pour. You'll have to take a leap of faith until then, but it's hardly a leap to hang out at the Plough and listen to chilled alt-country/Americana. Trust me, Kay sings like an angel -- a sassy one who'd have a shot in one hand and a butt in the other...

The Good Pour is taking a little break after this show.

THUR 8/20

6:30pm to 8:30pm
Blue Man Group Party
at Bleacher Bar, about 75 Lansdowne St, Boston (under Fenway Park bleachers)

Seems like there'll be complimentary MGD 64. You might even win Blue Man Group tix, etc. Those blue guys are cool, and I like Friday night karaoke at the bar under the theatre.

Like other Stuff parties, everyone needs to RSVP individually. Their emails aren't really that bad, and you might see these things before I tell you about it.

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