I've played Big V's once before, on my first trip here, and I really love the place. It has a spacious stage, great sound system, and plenty of room for people to take in the music. I opened the show and had a total blast. There were plenty of people there and everyone was supportive and appreciative.
The show was the live debut of a new Twin Cities band, Robots from the Future, a great 2-piece comprised of Reynold and Keith. These two guys really blew me away and were super-nice in person to boot. I felt really fortunate to have such a great seat at their first show ever, and I wish them all the best for a bright future making and playing music together.
The night was closed out by Sexy Uncle, which is a band that Ron (who also ran the sound last night, and has been in a handful of Twin Cities bands, including We Are Awesome) shepherds into existence each night they have a show. He recruits musicians who played earlier in the night, they all get up on stage, and they improvise an entire set together, right there on the spot. I had seen Sexy Uncle the first time I played Big V's and I was stunned by the spontaneous creativity that Ron put out and divined out of his fellow musicians. So when Ron asked me to be a part of Sexy Uncle last night, I was pretty thrilled.
Last night's unique and one-time-only line-up was comprised of 3 guitarist/vocalists, myself, Ron and Noah, frontman for the band The Dry Heaves I played with on my 2 previous visits here. I had so much fun making up my part for each song as we rolled through our "instant set." My favorite tune, I think, was the last one, where I put down my guitar and just did vocals, which Ron titled "He Has No Hands" right before we began to write/play it.
I want to thank everyone in the Twin Cities for making me feel so at home once again and helping me have such a fantastic tour stop. I feel like I may be saying this a lot on this tour, but I'm looking forward to hitting this town again sometime soon.
My set list from last night:
1. Home of Love
2. The Door
3. I Luv the Twin Cities (New Song, Live Debut)
4. When I Fall
5. Beautiful Wanderer
6. Make the Escape
7. Alien Homeland