Of Mice and Men's ectomorphic lead singer, Austin Carlile, strode on stage and perched atop one of three platforms a group of roadies had set up moments earlier. He smiled a toothy smile as the rest of the band slinked on stage.
After a seven-hour sojourn with stops at Williamsburg's Crane's Country Store, the inimitable Ozarkland and Columbia, Mo. for alcoholic slushies from Tropical Liqueurs, the crew of Stephen Baier and Nick Blackburn of Dots Not Feather, Joel Burton of Bear Hive and myself find our hotel room in the Hilton Garden Inn.
The Flatlanders story reads like a Hollywood script - high school friends Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock formed a band in 1972 in Lubbock, Texas. They record an album, broke up before it was released, made their own successes in the music world, only to reunite 30 years later, lauded as innovators.
Fredrick "Toots" Hibbert, freshly into his 7th decade and still not taking his sunglasses off at night, led the Maytals and the crowd through an on-point run through the definitive "Pressure Drop" before ending it with some James Brown inspired moves; a microcosm of their much-appreciated stop at the Old Rock House.
A few months ago I got a call from a friend who invited me to a "fun" concert at the Peabody with the Joy Formidable, a band I'd seen before at the Firebird and the Luminary and really enjoyed. I immediately said yes and penciled in the date.