Free time and internet connections have been scarce the past few days so please forgive me for not posting. On Wednesday, we played the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Located near the University of Pennsylvania, the WCL is in the same building as WXPN which has always been kind to the Volt. In 2007 we played a free lunch hour concert there as part of a promotional jaunt for The Search. That time, our friend and personal fishmonger Jason, brought us a giant platter of seafood (clams casino, shrimp cocktail, oysters, etc.) to be enjoyed post-show. Jason out did himself on Wednesday:
Thanks Jason! No one is quite sure if he brought the birthday cake as well. If so, thanks again.
By all accounts, the show went great. Being that it’s fairly new and clean, the World Cafe is a little lacking in atmosphere. Typically we play the Trocadero but that has it’s own problems, namely, you can’t drink on the ground floor so all the drinkers tend to congregate on the second floor balcony. I suppose if we could figure how to sell out the place this wouldn’t be a problem.
Even though we gorged ourselves on sushi in Philadelphia, James, Andrew and I found ourselves at a Japanese restaurant before Thursday night’s show at Irving Plaza. I highly recommend the grilled sea bass at Sushi Choshi which is just a few blocks from the venue.
The gig in New York was mostly a success. Although I’m confident that the sound in the house was solid, on stage it was loud and lacking in definition. Also, for some reason the lighting director decided to black out the stage in the middle of a song. Not sure what that was about.
Being that we were in NYC, we all stayed out too late and paid dearly the next day. Jay had it the worst, however, as he had to be up early to play on the radio.
Luckily, the show in Albany was a mellow one. We played The Egg:
The Egg is located in the same plaza as all the government buildings. There doesn’t seem to be too much activity in the plaza and I had to keep telling myself that it was not Sunday and I was not in the Planet of the Apes. Although The Egg is an architectural marvel, it is not very rock ‘n roll. Had we not just played a bunch of theaters and performing arts centers back in July, we might have appreciated the change of pace but instead we said, “boring”. To it’s credit, The Egg sounded crystal clear on stage from where I was sitting. I enjoyed being able to hear everything until I realized I could hear everything! We played “Looking at the World Through a Windshield” which we haven’t done for a week or so. Thankfully, the lights in the house were kept low so I couldn’t tell what was going on in the audience but it sure was quiet between songs. In the end, it wasn’t bad but I think James said it best when he called it the “anti-gig.”