Local legends Mudhoney played a free show at Neumos on the 8th to help celebrate the release of Ranger, a brand new beer from New Belgium Brewing Co. I forgot to get a ticket the Friday before the show to guarantee my entry but was somehow lucky enough to get in anyway considering the line was halfway around the block by the time the doors opened. I’d never seen Mudhoney play before (I know, I know…), but it was certainly the most fun I’ve had at a show in a long time. The crowd went nuts the entire time, my camera got in a fight with a half-bottle of Miller Lite (and won!), and I left with ringing ears despite having worn earplugs. If some of the photos seem out of focus, well…they just might be – ten feet from the stage at this show was no place for a photographer; it’s more of a landing zone for stage divers.
Regretfully, I didn’t shoot the opening band, Sleepy Sun, as I was too busy enjoying my pre-show beer, but if you get a chance to check them out, they are definitely worth listening to.