I regularly get emails from bands with their concert schedules and will often plan trips around these tour schedules. Things started to align when I got emails from The New Mastersounds and LCD Soundsystem. The New Mastersounds where planning on hitting the pacific northwest with a show in Portland and another in Seattle. LCD Soundsystem got back together after a few years of being on hesitates and did a pretty long tour over summer and fall of 2017. For a while I have been trying to see them but my last best shot was them coming to DC after I was gone. Then I saw a show in Denver on a Saturday that wasn’t yet sold out. I compared that date to the New Mastersounds schedule and said fuck it, I’m going on vacation.
LCD Soundsystem was playing in Denver on a Saturday which is a totally doable show from Portland. A quick and cheap flight over for the weekend and back home for work on Monday. I then thought I could see the New Mastersounds mid week in Portland, travel to Seattle to see them on Friday and catch LCD on Saturday. Because I was afraid LCD would sell out I got that ticket first and then the New Mastersounds. It was at this point when I realized New Mastersounds was playing Thursday in Seattle, not Friday. Oh well that just meant an extra day off and a full day in Seattle.
My trip started coming together and this was going to be a doozy, even for me so follow along. Thursday I decided to the take Amtrak from Vancouver to Seattle. Unfortunately my train was a little late but once we got going things where great. I took an Uber to the station so I didn’t even have to worry about getting there. I splurged for a first class seat since I was only going one way. I had a nice leather seat with plenty of room. So much I could cross my legs. There was even a power outlet and decent wi-fi access as a bonus. It was a little over 3 hours to get to Seattle. Unless time is of the essence I would rather take the train to Seattle then fly. Just a better experience all around.
Thursday I didn’t have much of a plan besides seeing the show. I was hungry so started making my way towards downtown to find some food. It was pretty late in the afternoon so the city was quite. I found Blueacre Seafood. Good stuff but I thought overpriced for what I got. Good selection of beer and seafood. I found several kick ass stationary stores and even a spot to grab a cupcake. Cupcakes Royale not nearly as good as Cupcakes Actually. Sometimes I miss the things from home. I found myself down by the water and stopped by Pike’s Place Market.
That evening I wanted something good to eat near the Neptune Theatre and found Big Time Brewing Co. for some local craft beer and food. I had a craving for tacos that night and ordered some pretty good ones. They where simple and filling and the perfect thing to fill my belly before rocking out to another night of The New Mastersounds. The beer was pretty good as well. I had the Coal Creek Porter and Skosh, both above average beers for me.
The band kicked ass again that night. Even though I just saw them two nights before in Portland it was another great show by the band. The crowd was energetic and the theater is rather spectacular. A converted single screen movie theater the place looks really good with all the art deco and classic turn of the century theater styling. Less then a thousand people can be seated in the place. No dance floor, all seat. Really nice place I would certainly see another show here.
Friday was a full day in the city so I was excited to get started. I got a decent start to the day with breakfast at the hotel before heading downtown to the Seattle Art Museum. This place was amazing. A truly great museum with all sorts of stuff in their collection. New, old, lots of western, sculptures and plenty of open spaces to get lost looking at art on the wall or in front of you. After walking around the museum I worked up an appetite and found Shawn O’Donnell’s which was pretty good. It was late afternoon and the place was dead. I was just happy they where still serving food as several other places I found where closed.
With no real plan I just kept walking around the city and getting further and further into south Seattle, a new place to explorer for me. Its mostly a warehouse district that appears to be going through a transition at the moment. Seapine Brewing Co. was an awesome find out here in the hinter lands. A huge traditional brewing operation in my opinion. Lots of tables and high tops in the front with the bar covering the brewing operations in the back of the warehouse. The Hefeweizen and Mosaic Pale both received above average ratings. A great selection and I would definitely come back here to try their other offerings. No food but I can live with that. After a great day in Seattle it was time to make the long walk back to the hotel for a good nights rest. Saturday was going to be a rather busy day for me.
I had a late morning flight from SEA to DEN which would get me to Denver with plenty of time to check into the hotel, bum around for a bit and then head to the show in Broomfield. That was the only problem was the show was in Broomfield and it ended up being a nightmare getting to and from on public transit. Everyone is trying to be green and it just overloaded the system that night around the venue. I eventually gave up taking the bus and got an Uber instead. Coming back I almost didn’t make it onto the bus. Another thing that ticked me off was my room wasn’t ready in time. I got to the hotel and dropped by stuff off but I had to come back later to actually check in.
Denver has no lack of breweries but because of time constraints I ended up going back to Wynkoop Brewing Co. I knew they had food and good beer from one of my other visits to Denver. They didn’t disappoint then and not this time either. I had some wonderfully filling food and good beer to get me ready for the LCD show. They was some weird DJ that opened and he sucked. My ticket was in the general admission seating at the back of the venue. The place didn’t sell out and while the floor was sell out it was pretty empty all night. I felt disconnected from the show I was so far way from the stage, honestly it was kind weird sitting there watching the show. The ticket was already expensive but I should have upgraded for a closer view.
Two hours after they took the state I was out the door trying to make it back to downtown. There where so many people and so few buses. I almost didn’t make it and really didn’t want to pay $60 for an Uber if I didn’t have to. Eventually I got back to the hotel after a long day and crashed. My adventure wasn’t over just yet, I still had to get home. I had a late afternoon flight combined with a late check out which was perfect. I got some breakfast and then wrote letters while watching Sunday Morning. Next I headed to Commons Park for one last cigar before my flight.
In the end I used cars, bus, train, plain, metro, light rail and walked a ridiculous amount of miles. Even for me this was one for the books. That night when I got home I didn’t do anything but grab some food and go to bed. Monday was going to come early and I wasn’t prepared. I forgot to take my mandatory vacation after my vacation.
The New Mastersounds
Thursday, November 9th 2017
Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
Kung Fu opened
Set 1 starts at 10:21pm
Set over at 11:47pm house lights
Encore at 11:48pm
House lights at 11:59pm
Saturday, November 11th 2017
1STBANK Center – Denver, CO
Set 1 starts at 9:16pm
1. Oh Baby
2. Daft Punk is Playing at My House
3. I Can Chang
4. Call the Police
5. Get Innocuous!
6. You Wanted a Hit >
9. Someone Great
10. Change Yr Mind
11. Tonight >
12. Home >
13. I Want Your Love
14. New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
Set over at 10:41pm
Literally a piss break.
Set 2 starts at 10:47pm
1. Yr City’s a Sucker
2. Dance Yourself Clean
3. All My Friends
House lights at 11:11pm