Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Balkans’ Family Vacation tour journal pt. 5

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It was Woody’s birthday yesterday and the Balkans celebrated it on stage at the Littlefield performance and art space in Brooklyn. It was not the best music of the tour, but it tops my list as the most fun.You can definitely see a change in their comfort level with their stage presence and with the audience. I lost count of the number of times Frankie told the audience that it was Woody’s birthday. Most of their set was spent tuning and having fun. Stanley ran off stage after almost every song, and at one point during a song (Woody took over and played the high hat with the neck of his bass.) At one point Frankie received a text message and started to read it out loud to the audience, but Stanly called Frankie from the drums and they had a conversation on stage. Frankie unsuccessfully attempted to hold his phone to the mic.

Despite their merrymaking, when they committed themselves to a song they played it wholeheartedly and it sounded great. A month ago aside from the fact that Woody is my brother, I would have seen the Balkans because I enjoy their music and they’re good musicians. After last night and the show in Richmond, I will go see the Balkans for all the above reasons and because they put on a fun show.

We’re in the home stretch now, leaving New York for Ohio. And the Balkan posse has grown to eight (the four boys and now four girls)! Check out the the Balkans’ Myspace for more.

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