My weekend started sundown on Wednesday with an unofficial MD Deathfest after party and birthday bash for Bmore promoter Adam Savage. Savage's own band,
, tore up the downstairs stage of the Ottobar along with
, DJ Dad Weed, and
. Friends of Savage appropriately dug their little fingers into slices of devils food cake from your participating
. Metal maven Mary Spiro, founder of the
blog was on hand to party, as was MD Deathfest co-founder Evan Harting, who was actually sitting down, smiling, and having a beer, which he probably hasn't done since Deathfest. Well deserved beer sir. Well deserved. Also spotted at the hair party were make-up artist Miriam Ault and our favorite corpse courier and death dealer,
. It doesn't get more death metal than that.
Hot to trot
Ah Rooster. Remember him? My chicken-headed, hooka-smoking friend? Well, he, along with about 200 other partiers were roasted in the massive Dutch oven called the Coward Shoe building on Saturday night. I have experienced many hot places. South Asia. Central Europe in August. But man, the heat at Open Space benefit show was a whole new level of hot. I think I met an Italian guy and his friend Virgil. And they were complaining about the heat. The steaming masses crammed into the Howard Street space to check out Dan Deacon, Co La, Ed Schrader Music Beat, Microkingdom, and Chiffon playing in support of Open Space, which was gutted by fire last month displacing the members (including
designer Jasmine Sarp). Towards the end of the night, two floors of sweating, hungry for music kids jostled and stuffed themselves ten deep to get close enough to Dan Deacon to hear three new tracks. If you've ever seen the experiment where they put sand next to a speaker and the little grains jump up and down with the bass, you can imagine what a Dan Deacon show is like. All the kids go up and down as he commands. All I kept thinking was that Dan lives in Baltimore and not New York. He's ours and we're so much better for it.