For those of you out there that don't know, Charm City Art Space is an integral part of Baltimore's art community, providing a drug & alcohol free space for artists to display and perform. It also gets packed as hell once you book a few amazing bands, so get there early.
A lot has happened the past couple weeks and I've been swamped. Being a grown-up requires you to have more time than is available on the clock. I could use some sort of time travel device or an intern.
Virginia has never been my preferred destination to see a show but if bands like Drawbridges and The Cassettes are playing - you'd better believe I'd travel the metro miles. On April 28th The Cassettes continued their return tour, landing at Iota Cafe in Arlington.
Joseph Jakuta appeared unassuming at first, dressed in a suit and murmering into the mic. But as soon as he hit the play button on his laptop, Jakuta and Carl let loose skits in falsetto, shrieks, shouts, screams, and operatic singing over thumping midi beats. This guy possessed the stage, dancing along with abandon, played a flute and paced in a circle.
True to the night, Drawbridges brought out their unique music to the stage, a combination of sounds from cellist Julie Bromberg, violinist Claire White, french horn Justin Higgins, and guitarist Dave Mann.
If you've ever held a deep love for Gogol Bordello, you will love The Cassettes. This band fills the stage with ecclectic musicians dressed to the 9's in old world European flair. What seemed like the end of this band was brought back with a fury. Lead guitarist Shelby Cinca introduced additional operatic singers to cross the stage and by the end of the night, the audience was amazed.