Alex Crick braved the Seattle heat wave last night and ventured into El Corazon to shoot pix of the Riverboat Gamblers and to report on the show. All photos by Alex Crick:
On a day of record high temperatures in Seattle, the Riverboat Gamblers, a five-piece band from Denton, TX brought their infectious punk rock performance to El Corazon. Opening bands The Hollowpoints and the Girls could not match the sheer raw energy that front man Teko (a.k.a. Mike Wiebe) brought to the tiny makeshift stage in what’s usually the 21+ section of the club. Right from the start Teko belted out raging punk rock spirit with the Gamblers’ song Dissdissdisskisskisskiss.
This rowdy performance took Teko all over the time venue (and out the door at one point) as he mingled with the loving crowd who were singing along joyfully to every line as though each song the band played was their personal favorite. At several points during the show Teko created makeshift stages from which to perform, such as a very wobbly table, a seat in a booth, culminating with Teko scaling the walls of the venue. At one point Teko took down a paper mache skull hanging from the venue’s wall and sang to it in a Hamlet-inspired moment.
The hot weather didn’t seem to phase the raucous band as literally dripped sweat while they tore through their thirteen song set list. It was damn hot in there but the Riverboat Gamblers poured every last ounce of energy they could muster in order to bring an incredible high energy performance to all who were there.