By Nate Watters
I don’t know what anyone else thinks, but the month of March was FULL of good shows. While I like to think that I attended every good show that came through town, I’m sure I missed a couple good ones. One show I knew I wouldn’t miss was Blue Scholars. They were scheduled to play two shows at the Showbox, but both sold out so quickly that they added a third show at the last minute. I’m not sure, but my guess is that it sold out as well. The following photos are from the first of the three shows; Common Market, Bambu, and Gordon Voidwell opened for Blue Scholars. All four groups put on impressive shows. Gordon Voidwell made their way out here all the way from New York and were extremely fun and entertaining to watch.
I was a little bummed I didn’t get a chance to catch the following night’s show with Das Racist…though I heard they received a horrible response from the crowd. I’m guessing that this is because not many people understand what Das Racist is all about. If you haven’t heard them or don’t get them, do a little research and then you MUST listen to the songs “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”, “Ek Shaneesh”, and “Chicken and Meat”. Purely awesome.
Anyhow…ever since I moved to Seattle six months ago, I’ve been hoping for a chance to see Blue Scholars live, and when it finally happened, they delivered more than I ever expected. To accompany each song in their set, film clips of local areas and events were projected on to the wall behind the stage. Each clip related to the content of the song being performed, emphasizing the importance of the already powerful lyrics of their songs. It was a truly brilliant and perfectly executed show.