The Casbah played host to two Pacific Northwest bands Friday night. The venue is a favorite of The Builders & The Butchers who took the stage first. Ryan Sollee graced the stage with a mug of hot tea and honey explaining that he had blown out his voice. He extended an invitation to the crowd who knew any of the songs to jump on stage at any time and help him sing. Though no one took him up on his offer, it wasn’t needed. Harvey and Ray Rude helped him round out his voice. The Builders & The Butchers have become experts at making a fan out of anyone within an earshot of them. By the end of their set they had a crowded room shouting for an encore. The band is working on their next record, so hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot of them next year.
By the time The Cave Singers hit the stage, there was no more wiggle room on the floor. The crowd just swayed along with vocalist Pete Quirk as he would dance away from his microphone and do little with a maraca while instrumentalist Derek Fudesco (who incidentally introduced me to the first floor bass I’d ever seen) and drummer Marty Lund took care of the sound. They played excellently and the crowd foot-stomped and clapped along. The Cave Singers sent the crowd home a bit sweaty from a slight cardio workout but ecstatic nonetheless.