Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Photos: Lon Ho and the Big Babies, 10/11/2008

After Stone Gossard and the Hank Khoir's last song, a cover of Motörhead's "Ace of Spades," Lonnie "Meganut" Marshall's band called LonHo and the Big Babies hit the stage. As you can see, the band is dressed in pajamas like big babies, with the notable exception of backup vocalist/keyboardist/dancer eSharp (the only one in relative focus in the picture below).

Apparently zoomed-in, low-light photos of bass players turn out relatively all right, even with a low-megapixel digital camera from 2002 (compare with yesterday's shot of Stone Gossard's upright bass player).

Speaking of Stone, he joined the Big Babies for two songs, with an electric guitar this time around. He sang lead for one, and did his Pearl Jam sideman thing for another song.

In any case, this self-proclaimed Do Wave band (ain't nothin' newer than doin') rocked hard. At one point, they brought out a trio of ballerina backup dancers, who made their way from the stage to the crowd, bringing much joy to everyone.

The Big Babies were an awesome combination of punk rock, funk, and a slightly experimental edge. I'm still trying to figure out the prepared instrument that the "horn player" played. It's like a long clarinet with electronics, or it's a singing bong. You decide.

Next time (probably Friday), I'll post some photos from the headliner, Vince Mira with the Roy Kay Trio.

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