Thursday, June 07, 2018

Downtown at the Uptown.

Last night, Vinomaker and I took ourselves to the Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa to see Brian Setzer and his Rockabilly Riot.  I had last seen Brian Setzer in concert, with the Stray Cats, on the 21st of December 1981.  Yup, quite a while ago, there has been a lot of life in between.  The teenage Vinogirl loved Brian Setzer then and I still love him now.  Always a Rockabilly fan (Johnny Burnette, Eddie Cochran, etc., thanks to Thud), when I discovered that Mr. Setzer was coming to Napa I just had to go and see him play.  And what a treat it was, he was even better than I remembered.
An added bonus to visiting the Uptown is that they have a bar and you can drink in your seat whilst watching a show.  How civilised is that?  Very adult.  So I, and my glass of Mumm Napa fizzy stuff, settled in to enjoy the support band, "Drinkin' wine spo-dee-o-dee!"
The support band, 'Miss Mary Ann & the Ragtime Wranglers' (from the Netherlands.  Dutch Rockabillies, who knew?) were quite entertaining (their double bass player being particularly convincing) and successfully warmed up the crowd up for the main attraction.  And then there he was, in all his pompadour-topped marvelousness, the man himself, Brian Setzer.  Go cat, go!  Simply fab!

3 comments:

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

VG: Lasting talent is proof enough of greatness; I'll toot his horns and say it sounds like you had an intensely good time! I'm guessing Vinodog stayed home! Did you bring her home a treat? Mum's the word!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Yes, but some aging rockers are just sad caricatures of their former selves...BS was an old soul from the beginning, consequently he doesn't seem nearly as dated.
V2 wasn't invited. And she wouldn't have been interested in takeaway/takeout sparkling wine.

Thud said...

Seats and bubbly....a bit different than back in the day but that man can certainly spank that plank!