Beasties for the Beasts

or confessions of a night school English teacher:

Finished teaching my last class at 9:55pm; walked into the Gimme Shelter/ASPCA benefit at the Hiro Ballroom, Maritime Hotel at 10:05pm.

Marshall Crenshaw and band were on stage: always smooth, always dependable. I have no f*ckin’ clue what they played since I have never actually listened to a Marshall Crenshaw album. This guy is ubiquitous – last time I saw him he was with Evan Dando et alia backing up the MC3 + 2 (aka DKT) at their legendary 2005 return show at the Bowery Ballroom last summer. thanks Marshall!

And who steps on stage but the excellent Jim Mastro (former Random House proofreader and pal) playing guitar for Joe Hurley and the Jets. (Noted my friend at the show re: Hurley: “hmm. bargain Tom Waits?” She was right.) Jim was last seen leading the band behind Robert Plant at the Arthur Love tribute at the Beacon (see long-previous blog). He is so cool.

s*c Fucks were next. god those guys are old.

in between all this were these kinda so-bad-they’re-surreal videos for animal rescue/shelter with bunnies and parrots. They would not have been out of place between sets at the old Ritz. Nothing but seltzer is a good thing: Even one too many Red Bulls might have tipped the bizarro factor over the edge.

and the Beasties! Here’s a better set list than mine:
Slow & Low
Sure Shot
Egg Man
Shake Your Rump
Hello Brooklyn
Triple Trouble
Root Down
No Sleep Till Brooklyn
Pass The Mic
Body Movin
3 MC’s and 1 DJ
Ch-Check It Out
Intergalactic youtube video
So Watcha Want

it was so great! I have no idea which one dated Molly Ringwald, but they were on. I just kinda wish they played “Sabotage.” . . .


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