Uptown Live

This weekend was Uptown Live, a music and street festival in the 6th and 6th are of New West. We were really excited to go because it was the first community event going on in our new home since we decided to move there. There were some good local bands, the weather promised to be good, and the 6th and 6th ‘hood is really nice for restaurants.

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It really was a lovely day, and overall a well-run festival. There was enough going on to keep the crowd moving and entertained – BMX bikers jumping off ramps, circus performers of various ages, and great people watching. We saw some excellent characters while sampling gelato from the Cone Zone. We saw a 3-legged mini poodle, a Muppet man, a hipster girl with a mustache on her shirt strategically drawn under her boobs so it kin of outlined them (tasteful!), and men in full Hawaiian regalia carrying a pig on a spit.

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But the more important reason for going – the bands! We were there in time to see three acts. The first was No Sinner, comprised of the lead singer from Black Mountain and the guitarist from Hot Hot Heat. I expected to like them, since [name] has a great voice. Unfortunately they were more a cover band that isn’t technically a cover band. By “cover” I mean “rip-off”. One song was a blatant Jerry Lee Lewis reimagining. Others felt like taking every 80s pop ballad, throwing the lyrics in a pot, and pulling out the most “epic” lines.

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Luckily, the Zolas saved the day and were adorable as usual. Its good music that makes anyone was to tap their toes. Cayne from We Are The City filled in on piano.

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We Are The City kept the momentum going. They were up to their usual rhythm changing tricks. For “In A Quiet World”, Andy got the crowd clapping on the right beat, which took some instruction because as usual their rhythms were switched up all over the place. The boys have a strange fan girl following, and it came up during the show when they were gifted painted portraits by a crowd member. Not gonna lie, it was a little awkward!

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Overall – I hope Uptown Live becomes an annual event. It might be nice to have it in one of New Wests awesome parks for more of a music festival feel rather than a street fair with bands. Though I am sure the businesses 6th and 6th were happy for the good turnout! My only major gripe was there appeared to be a few technical issues, as every band seemed to have a few glitches. But all in all, it felt like a great introduction to our new home, and hopefully a great new annual event!

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