This hot August run of good music shows at the clubs and major venues around town got off to a great start on Sunday when Buckcherry filled Juanita’s with fans of their loud rock. Sorry we haven't bothered to file anything until now, two days later, but our right ear has been ringing ever since (I wonder if it's good or bad that the left ear is fine, since a basically faced the stage straight on). This was actually going to be the tail end of Thursday's column in the print edition, but it got lopped off at the last minute:
Main Street and the River Market seemed awfully quiet Sunday afternoon, but we found Juanita’s hopping for the 6 p.m. start of the opening band, Bangkok Five. That young group with a screaming singer spent most of their short set bragging about their manhood, their love for women and specific female body parts, and the difference between them and Hollywood-produced bands like the Click Five, which they referred to by a different name. They also claimed Universal Records wasn’t wanting their new CD to reach the public. They did bang out a likeable song or two.
The show took a major upswing with the middle act, the Kentucky band Black Stone Cherry, which more than adequately combined Southern-style rock with grunge rock, or at least sort of a Pearl Jam meets STP. Though looking a little Southern throwback -- I hate to say it, but think Molly Hatchet -- they rocked, and were a nice setup for Buckcherry. Check out “Lonely Train” on their myspace.com website.
We found it amusing to watch all the pretty young things in this all-ages show who were willing to sing along to the cynical “Crazy Bitch,” the band’s new song that leaves nothing to the imagination. Multi-tattooed lead singer Josh Todd, who was out of his shirt before he was finished the first song, and the rest of the band put on an power-packed and ear-splitting set that ran about 70 minutes. "Everything" was also a good effort. Check out both the songs on the group's myspace.com site.
This marked my first visit to Juanita's since the smoking ordinance went into effect (July 21), and it was amazing to enjoy four hours in Juanita's and not come home smelling smoked out. The smokers were allowed the open patio out back, and a quick visit there was indicative of the difference: it was as if people were burning leaves, there was such a pall of smoke out back. Inside, it was all fresh (except, we did get a whiff of some funny stuff being fired up once, when Black Stone Cherry took the stage; like we said, it was kinda throwback).
It was great to see a packed club on a Sunday night, too, and let’s tip the cap to the Edge, 100.3, for sponsoring a run of good shows the past several months.