I always love hitting up venues that I’ve never been to before. I like them even more when bands that I love play there.
Playing a late set at the Silverlake Lounge, my favorite band from Portland, Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil, graced its stage to unleash their relentless brand of blues/roots rock to their devoted fans.
Smack dab in the middle of their 18 gig west coast tour, and having played 8 shows in the past 9 days, fatigue could have easily played the mistress this evening; but Jack (Hopeless Jack) and Pete (the Handsome Devil) attacked their set with the kind of ferocity that I’ve grown accustomed to.
I would have loved to hear some new tunes, but I’ve learned that with non-local, indie bands who personally fund their touring endeavors, beggars can’t be choosers, and you take what they give. Hell, they closed with “Nice Shoes” (my favorite song of theirs), so I was completely satisfied.
The venue itself is long and relatively narrow. If you weren’t close to the stage, you’d be hard pressed to see the performers on stage. In terms of photographing the show, the lighting was tough to deal with. With stage lighting that consistently changed different colors, and an overall dim base setting, capturing decent pics was quite difficult; only proving to me that it’s about time I save up some money to purchase a new, better camera.
If Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil are going to swing through your neck of the woods (check out their website for upcoming dates: www.HopelessJack.com), we suggest that you throw down a few bones, grab a beer, and rock out with them.