So Tuesday we finish up our meeting for Atlanta Xmas Apocalypse and I am checking my calendar to realize that we moved our next meeting from Thursday to Friday so I can now go to the Brass Band Blow Out that some friends are playing. The problem, when everyone you know going is on stage, who do you stand in the back and drink with while making comments? Luckily, while talking this out, Heidi said she would go with me, so on Thursday I got my girl date on and went to the Brass Band Blow Out at The Five Spot. The band line-up was Good Golly Svengali, Black Sheep Ensemble, and Mercury Orkestar.
Black Sheep filled the stage with performers, easily 20 musicians on stage. They did a great job but I'm not as familiar with the song they were playing. It seemed more traditional marching sounds, and as I often see them at festivals playing as a marching band that would make sense. One of the things that I did love was that they all looked like they were having fun. Did I also mention that Laorenzo also performs with Black Sheep? So he got to do two sets back to back, but he seemed to be having fun!
Closing out the night was Mercury Orkestar. They were a little rowdy but were obviously having a great time which made them fun to watch. I think they were a good choice to close as by the time they went on everyone was a little drunk and since Mercury Orkestar rocked out to some covers it was easy to get a drunk audience into the groove with things they knew. Most memorable to me was their amazing cover of More Human Than Human by White Zombie, Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire by Jimi Hendrix and a super fun rendition of Conga by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. It brought the improv dancers back out along with the drunks and was very much a party at the end of the night atmosphere. Which is how the glasses happened...
Over all it was a fun show and everyone seemed to have a great time! Highly recommend going to catch any of these bands if you see that they're playing.