Unlike the high drama of VH1’s Storytellers or HBO’s salacious Taxicab Confessions, The Pedicab Bar and Grill’s first installation of its new live show “Pedicab Confessions” relied more on music than the actual musicians for entertainment.
I Ching Gatos got things started with its alt-rock love song called “Spraypaint.” Lead singer/guitarist Joe Sanchez reminisced about the song’s inspiration, a highway bridge with the words “I love you Terry” spray-painted on it. The highlight of the night, however, wasn’t stage-side chatting but physical comedy in the pop-infused “White Flour Tortillas,” about the high-fat dangers of Tex-Mex’s favorite wrapper. As Sanchez sang “Not like an uzi but just as dangerous!” bass player Karun Fiederer and drummer Joe Belk pulled out the white disks of destruction and flung them like Frisbees into the crowd. Someone actually took the time to write the word “Uzi” on each one. That’s dedication.
Next up, Sons of Sancho singer Matthew Garcia chummily told a highly imaginative tale of how “Riot Gear” was inspired by a fight between two people during Mardi Gras several years ago. The song starts, “No one starts a riot quite like riot gear,” and proceeds into an alt-rock frenzy a la Incubus and Sublime. SOS’s subsequent high-energy performance of the song had Garcia singing to reggae-driven bass and thrashing guitar. The fuzzy melody of “Stranger” complemented the lively, but ultimately sad, story of “Damien,” in which Garcia sings about encountering a youth with a mom in prison.
The night ended with Cherry Street Hookers and their (not surprising) song “Bag of Weed,” about friends solving the world’s problems with a container of the sticky-icky. After some technical difficulties with guitarist/singer Peter Palenske’s amp, the foursome went into the ample-sounding “Paris,” written two days after Jim Morrison’s 50th birthday. Vidal Perez’s strong bass lines and Mark Euston’s energetic drum solos on closer “Rent” kept the Hookers at their bluesy best, even though the crowd had started to dissipate into the night. Will the Pedicab Confessions series end just as happily ever after? Here’s hoping we’re correct in writing “to be continued … "
Pedicab Confessions w. I Ching Gatos, Sons of Sancho, Cherry St. Hookers
Pedicab Bar & Grill
415 E Cevallos
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