Every year, Radio Star hosts a Rock Lottery, where musicians from all around the city enter their names into a drawing, bands are randomly selected, and the rockers have about a month (I believe) of practice before taking the stage together.
On Saturday, we pregamed with some liters of Hite at Chris’ apartment while watching a truly hilarious show called “An Idiot Abroad.” Basically, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send their pal, comedian Karl Pilkington (who is ridiculously funny) around the world to experience new cultures. Very funny — download it now.
After wetting our whistles, we snagged a front-row table at the bar, grabbed some pints, and waited for the show to begin.
While the lottery participants prepared to go on, the opening band DillyTangs took the stage. This is a band that we’ve seen at Radio Star quite a few times, and they kill it with their covers. Quite entertaining.
Our buddy Dave took the stage first with his troupe, Mormon Vampires. Looking snazzy in their suits, the men played a variety of songs, including an interesting mash-up of Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Wonderwall — and my personal favorite, Johnny Be Good.
Up next were Tae Sang and the Terrific T’s, who belted out some jazzy beats and a particularly nice version of Hotel California. The lead guitarist, as you will see shortly, is hands down one of the best I have ever seen. Seriously. He’s incredible with that thing.
The Serene Sex Wailers took the stage next, and unfortunately, I missed a chunk of their set to run and grab two BLTs from Little Jakob’s, a coffee shop down the street in Jungwhasadong (we skipped dinner to get good seats at the show) — which happened to be one of the first decent sandwiches I’ve had in Korea! But more about that later. Here is the band’s rendition of When You’re Strange, courtesy of my buddy’s YouTube channel.
After them, ladies took the mics during the Liquor Art set, and they played The XX which made me so excited that I only ended up filming a bit of them so I could start to dance and sing along, and not be bothered by my camera :)
The last act to perform was In Your Eyes, but I wasn’t feeling 100% and bowed out of the club early to get a good night’s sleep before a Skype date with my bestie in the morning. I missed most of their set, but liked what I did see! The afterparty sounded like fun though, so I wish I had seen that.
Here are some highlights from some of the performances — mostly early ones, since my mind wasn’t on my camera later in the evening :)
It turned out to be a really fun night, full of awesome music, friends, dancing and singing. Really and truly, is there anything better than live music to liven up an evening?
Maybe a story about how later on that evening, Evan and Chris went to McDonald’s five minutes before breakfasttime and were forced to get “real food.” LOL.