I am a Yid. I like to rock. Veitur!

- [ Monday, April 18, 2005 ] -
HaDag Nachash - great show

Photo by Becky

HaDag Nachash is a great live band. I saw them last night at House of Blues. Fantastic venue. Fantastic show. I didn't know what kind of show it would be, only that they were kind of a party sounding hip-hop band. They performed much better than I expected. A more than welcome reward for a full day of Pesach cleaning.

They have a really tight band. DJ, keyboards, sax, trombone, drums, guitar, bass and MC. The DJ, and sax player also took lead roles in the vocals. The sound was very thick. The horn section was great. Very funky.

I have no idea how they got so many people to that show. There must have been some kinds of youth groups involved or something, as there were a ton of 18-year-olds.

My wife and I got in with Foundation Room passes. The Foundation Room is a exclusive club built into the House of Blues. By exclusive, I mean people pay a lot of money for membership, dress nicely, and they get in through a separate entrance without a colon inspection from security. Also, a lot of companies have corporate memberships in order to woo clients. We were fortunate enough to get complimentary passes to the show and the club through my wife's employer who is doing business right now with HOB.

Last time we went to Foundation Room, we were with a group of friends, lead by a friend who regularly used his company's corporate membership to woo clients. He got us a private room and amazing service. The whole evening we really felt like VIPs. We barely saw the band that night, Jazz Mandolin Project. But when we did, we saw them from the VIP boxes, drunk on expensive booze. Of course, at the end of the evening, we all had to chip in (probably an entire month of our entertainment budget) and tip up the wazoo in order to ensure that our friend would continue to have impeccable service on his next visit. Such is life. This is one of those places where money directly translates into service. My friends and I are far from living this lifestyle, but it's a terrific place to visit when you have a way in.

As my wife and I entered FR before the show, the scene caught us a little off-guard. It was a little more "urban" than we remembered it--for a club north of Madison Avenue and especially on a night featuring an Israeli band. We were the only white people in the room aside from the wait staff. Noting it as an oddity, we walked around to the balcony to view the stage in anticipation of the show.

The lights went down. The curtain went up. Some dudes started swearing at the audience jumping around the stage. It turns out there was an opening act, Qualo (I like to call them Quablow because they weren't any good. Tee hee hee).

The crowd of white, suburban, Jewish and Israeli kids weren't really digging it. They seemed confused by the instructions to "bounce." It turned out that the crowd in FR were all there for the opener. I thought it was nice that Qualo got all their buddies FR passes, but it would seem that the buddies should have been downstairs, in front of the stage when their band went on. The twenty or so fans that couldn't pry themselves out of the uber-chill FR would have done wonders for their friends on stage if they were somewhere in proximity. After the first song, the Qualo crowd eventually found their way to the balconies but never ventured downstairs to the main floor.

After deciding the opener wasn't for us, my wife and I took advantage of our passes and hung out on the couches in FR. It's really chilled out there. In fact, the satellite radio channel that FR plays for ambiance is called, "Chill." We didn't get the royal treatment like last time, nor did we get the party atmosphere by having access to bring all our friends up there. We did enjoy ourselves and each other's company--almost like a date!

The real show started and we went down to the floor. The best place to see any music will always be on the floor, in front. We weren't in front, but we found good spots to stand close to some friends, with a clear view and great sound.

The crowd was super-receptive and Hadag Nachash even commented how they aren't even this well received in their hometown, Jerusalem. I don't know if they said the same thing in every city, but they just seemed so earnest that I believed them.

The audience may not have understood "bounce" but they did understand "zuz" ("move" in Hebrew). The crowd was jumping with their hands in the air, and there was even one body-surfer.

Great night.

Back to Pesach cleaning.

That is a freekin SWEET picture

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