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SEA to DEN to PDX All for the Love of Music

The New Mastersounds 11/9 at 9pm

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.

Seapine Brewing Co.

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.

The mirror ball was amazing when lite up.

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
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Set over at 11:47pm house lights

Encore at 11:48pm
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House lights at 11:59pm

 

LCD Soundsystem
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 >
7. Tribulations
8. Movement
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

 

NYE 2016 in Denver

Things have been a different this year around the holidays.  Lots of changes are happening so while I was driving to the beach for a 5 day mini vacation, stuck in traffic, I got a crazy idea in my head.  I have wanted to go to Denver for a while now, I had the time, and my bonus was burning a hole in my pocket.  It took me just over 5 hours but I finally made it to Rehoboth Beach and started doing research.  I knew it would take me two solid days of driving to get there and another two getting back.  I could arrive late on Friday and spend all Saturday in Denver.  A quick check of local NYE shows and I found that The String Cheese Incident was playing the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield.  String Cheese doesn’t tour much so this would be a good opportunity to see them and besides this is a hometown show for them.

Thursday morning I started this adventure by watching the sunrise on the beach.  It was overcast with a lite drizzle but I managed to see parts of the sun as it broke the horizon.  From here it was nothing but driving across the country.  The weather on the east coast wasn’t to great.  I drove through snow, rain and fog for about half the day.  I made a reservation for a hotel in St. Louis and didn’t make it there till around midnight.  One day done and my old bones where already starting to feel it.

Just get on the road and drive.

The next morning started early, I was out the door around 7am.  I knew this last part of the trip would take me a solid 12 hours and I wanted to spend at least some time that night having some fun.  On the outskirts of St. Louis another idea started to take shape.  I would have been perfectly happy going to Denver on my own but instead I brought Nancy and Jeremy with me.  It was a busy morning making a lot of phone calls and booking travel but totally worth it.  This was shaping up to be a pretty awesome last minute adventure for New Year Eve.

I drove all day and watched the sun set across Kansas which was really nice.  Finally I made it to Denver and when you come in on 70W you round this slight hill and then the city just appears in front of you.  It is this massive city with suburbs that go for miles.  Honestly I was shocked at how big Denver is.  On Saturday as we drove around I got a better idea just how big it is.  By the time I got into town Nancy had already landed and made her way to the hotel to check in.  I didn’t arrive till almost nine but it felt good to finally be in Denver.  Jeremy was on a later flight so Nancy and I head to True Food Kitchen just down the street for dinner.  After crap food for two days I wanted something super health and True Food Kitchen delivered.  They also had beer so it was my first sample of beer from Colorado.  Eventually Nancy and I retired to the hotel bar for another drink and this is when Jeremy arrived.  He worked a full day and then hopped on a plain so didn’t get in till almost 11.

Saturday, New Years Eve.  We all had tickets to SCI but we had a ton of time to kill before the show started.  We started with breakfast on the top floor which over looked the front range.  When I came into town it was already dark so this was my first sight of the mountains.  Denver is already a mile high and I knew the mountains where much taller still.  The mountains stretched for as far as the eye could see.  Denver is still a good distance away but they still looked impressive.  At breakfast we strategized what our plan would be for the day.  It really came down to what brewery we could find that was open at 10am.

All day we traveled across the city visiting as many breweries as we could.  By the end of the day we hit four in all and one restaurant that served some really good food and had a ton of local craft beer on draft.  First up was CO Brew which we thought we got wrong when we pulled up.  It is a home brew retail store and not a brewery per say.  We found they do in fact brew beer on premise, they teach glasses on home brewing so make a tone of beer.  Very interesting place to have our first beer of the morning.  As cool as everything was it didn’t inspire me to start home brewing.

On the recommendation of the bartender we went to Black Sky Brewing next.  This spot is certainly geared toward metal and hard rock.  My first impression was that this place would be an interesting stop on our trail, just a minor speed bump.  Of all the places this was the one I liked best.  The beer was good but it was the people that made it so enjoyable.  Not only was the staff very friendly but the other patrons really made it a fun time doing a little day drinking.

Black Sky sent us to Strange Craft down by the river.  This is a small hole in the wall but it had character.  Here the beer was very good with a wide variety to choose from.  We got to talking and the guys from Black Sky actually got their start at Strange Craft doing a home brew startup thing.  Small world when you think about it.  By this time we all where pretty hungry and headed over to Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger for some food.  The burgers where all really good and the selection of local craft was amazing.  Very nice decor on the inside with huge ceilings and plenty of space for guests.  The building is brand new but the neighborhood could still use some work.

By now it was getting pretty late in the afternoon so we headed back to the hotel to rally for String Cheese.  I really wanted to take a nap because day drinking really wears me out but there was no time for that.  We got an Uber and headed to one last brewery before the show.  The last place we went to was 4 Noses Brewing just a couple blocks from the venue.  It was a nice place so close but honestly I didn’t care for the place.  The brewery is brand new and modern but it lacked character.  I also thought the beer all tasted pretty much the same.  It didn’t matter what style you got, they all had this underlying orange citrus taste to them.  They even all looked similar.  As much as I wanted to like the place I just couldn’t bring myself to find anything good about it.

Doors for the show were at 7 with the performance starting at 8.  It was all general admission so we didn’t feel a need to arrive early and grab a spot.  I was just happy to be there. I unfortunately could only manage the first set before I had enough.  The long day of drinking and two days of straight driving was catching up with me.  Nancy and I decided to head back to the hotel and Jeremy stayed for the remainder of the show.  The report the next morning from Jeremy was good and I have listened to the show several times at this point.

As soon as my head hit the pillow it felt like it was time to get up and get going.  I dropped Jeremy and Nancy off at the airport and started back home to Virginia.  Getting back was just as interesting crossing the country but not much inclement weather this time.  Just like going out to Denver I stopped in St. Louise for the night.  I got home before midnight on Monday which was my goal and got to work the next morning right on time.

Not sure if I will drive that far again anytime soon but it was a great trip further west then I had ever been before.  Seeing String Cheese Incident, even if it was just for one set during a three set night was still worth it.  I was able to cross several more breweries off my list.  Honestly there wasn’t a bad part about the trip.  Already thinking about seeing Medeski, Martina and Wood at Red Rocks in late April just so I can spend more time in Denver.