March 01, 2004

Brave Combo

Saturday night, since we couldn't afford tickets to Neil Young, we decided that $12 for Brave Combo at the Sunshine Theater in downtown Albuquerque was a good enough deal to take a chance on. We're glad we took the chance.

Brave Combo is aptly named. Any band (or combo) that would attempt to do a polka version of The Doors' People are Strange is certainly brave, if not downright insane. They did a hard rock verson of the Hokey Pokey too.

As you might imagine, given those examples from Brave Combo's repertoire, the crowd was both eclectic and erratic. They were older people -- some of whom were obviously really into polka itself -- but dangerous. The old lady dancing in her chair back by the bar is likely to kick you right in the shin as you go past, and not give a rat's ass about it. Some of these people were so determined to express themselves through bodily movement, that you had to watch out for them constantly if you were hanging on the dance floor, which we decided not to do after a few songs.

Back to the band: Odd. Seasoned. Wonderful.

During their first set they did some kind of Greek Polka that was wild. They will be appearing on The Simpsons, on March 14. According to the singer guy, they will be appearing at some fair that Homer goes to with Bart. Just watch for a polka band in the background.

They really nead a tuba.

But if you get a chance to see them, do so. I guarentee you a very good time if you're willing drop inhibition and follow your body into danceful demonstration. Don't worry if your mind doesn't get the music at first, it will catch up to your body at some point when it realizes that there's no reason to care about understanding.

Please note their web address:

Posted by Wayne at March 1, 2004 03:44 PM
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