On October 19, 2012, after work, Jon and I made the trip down to Seattle to go to a concert. Jon had discovered that Calexico was playing with the Dodos, and asked his sister and brother-in-law if they wanted to go with us. The answer was yes, because Calexico is his sister’s absolute favorite band.
They were playing at the Neptune, which is a historic theater, built in 1921 for playing movies. It was converted to a show venue a few years ago. It has a lot of nice historic art deco features, and still has a snack bar and the outside ticket booth. Inside on the main floor, they have converted the back section to a bar, and the front area is general admission. The space is relatively cozy for seeing a band, you feel you are close enough to the stage to get a good view, and see the band. On the walls and near the ceiling are these really cool stained glass wall murals, and gold Neptune reliefs (complete with lights inserted in the eyes so they glow blue).
Since the show was a Friday night, after I had worked all day, I had some concerns about being out so late. I had gotten up before 6 am, and I generally hit the sack sometime between 9 and 9:30. 10:30 is a late weekend night for me. We have a club at home that plays live shows, and we have been to a couple there, and when they say the band starts at 9, that means at least 10:30. Then if there are multiple bands, you don’t get out of there until after 1 am! I don’t normally want to subject myself to really late night excursions, unless there is a plane ride and a vacation destination in sight. Clearly I’m getting old.
The first band, The Dodos, started a couple minutes past nine. I was pretty excited about the on-time start… And they are good! There are just two guys in the band, a guitarist and a drummer, and they do some stuff with a sound machine. They both sing and they have really nice voices. They played for about 40 minutes, but it felt much shorter than that because I was really into the music! If you are interested, you can check them out here.
Then after a short changeover, Calexico came on. Calexico is described as having an alternative music style with TexMex/Mariachi/Latino roots. Their songs use a lot of instruments that are prevalent in Latin music – trumpets, accordions, maracas, and even the Xylophone! There are also the standard instruments with drums, electric guitars and a stand-up bass. Everybody in the band plays at least two instruments, and the songs have a rhythm and beat that is just fun! I was so involved with watching the show that I didn’t pay any attention to the clock, and the fact that it was way past bedtime! I was having such a great time listening to their music and watching them play! It is one of the best shows I’ve ever been to! You can listen to some of their songs here.
The show wrapped up just before midnight, and we headed off to bed with happy songs in our heads.