Photography: The Builders & The Butchers, Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets, and Jesse LaMonaca & The Dime Novels at The Casbah (San Diego) and The Satellite (Los Angeles)

Jesse LaMonaca & The Dime Novels (San Diego, CA), Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets (Cocoa Beach, FL), The Builders & The Butchers (Portland, OR)
April 26 and 27th, 2011
The Casbah in San Diego, CA/The Satellite in Los Angeles, CA

A show so amazing I had to go twice. The first night started out with Jesse LaMonaca & The Dime Novels. This happened to be their keyboardist Ed Kornhauser’s last show with the band.  They played a fantastic show. Ray Rude, one of the drummers for the Builders & The Butchers, had an accident and broke both of his legs while train hopping. Ian Little, drummer for Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets took over and played two sets a night, very impressive. Here’s to hoping Ray gets better soon!

If The Dropkick Murphys and Isaac Brock could somehow have a baby, that baby would join Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets.

The Builders & The Butchers played an amazing set.  They created an atmosphere inside the Casbah that was full of energy where everyone sang along, danced, and had a drink together.  By the end of the night everyone was practically hugging.  What made it even more amazing was when their set was over singer Ryan Sollee announced, “let’s all go outside, we’re gonna play some more songs.” Members from both The Builders and the Butchers and Damion Suomi and The Minor Prophets finished off with “Find Me in the Air ” and Paul Simon’s “Cecilia” with the help of the audience.

The Satellite

At one point in the show Ryan jumped into the crowd to sing and a fan put his hat on him.  He jumped back on stage with it and after about 30 seconds took it off and said, “I can’t play with this hat on the lights are too hot up here, I love you.”

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