So IJ (and our better halves) took in a concert to start the Labor Day weekend. First we had a little dinner at The Dearborn. Solid meal, especially if you like strong drinks and two pounds of butter in your mashed potatoes. IJ and I had the short ribs. I know, I know, you are shocked. We then headed over to the Chicago Theater.
If you told me that I could see any two musical acts on the planet right now, I would respond Jason Isbell and Frank Turner. Well guess what Mrs. SeaDick got me for my birthday sports fans, that’s right, tickets to see Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls open for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. It really doesn’t get any better than that.
What can I say about the show other than it lived up to my expectations. Absolutely freaking awesome. The only complaint I have is that the bartenders at the Chicago Theatre wouldn’t pour a double. WTF? Have no fear sports fans, there is a solution to every problem. You know what you have when you order two Captain and Diets and tell them to hold the diet in one of them? Problem solved, that’s what.
So even though I just said that I couldn’t say anything else about the show besides it living up to expectations, in typical Monkey fashion, I am going to say some more. For those of you unfamiliar with Frank Turner (or Frank Mother*&king Turner as IJ likes to say) he is an amazing performer and one of the hardest working guys in showbiz. I saw him at Lolla last year where he did 4 shows in less than 24 hours. This was show 2092 for he and his band. Frank ain’t lazy. Originally part of a UK punk band (Million Dead), he now fronts the band with an acoustic (hey Muni, please note the proper spelling of that word) guitar, writes some of the best lyrics ever and plays some of the best straight up rock and roll on the planet. That would be pretty cool alone, but as I mentioned previously, Frank and his band are performers. He knows how to engage an audience and his shows are some of the best you can see. Go. See. Frank. Motherfooking. Turner.
You can get more info and find his music here if you like Spotify:
Or here if you prefer iTunes:
If you are a music geek like me, then you probably hit SetList.fm both before you go to a concert and afterwards so that you can see the set list for the performer you are going to see or make sure you remember what you heard, especially if you manage the double C&D work around to perfection and parts of the evening get a little hazy. So here is the set list for Frank from Friday. Good info, but pretty boring right? Not to mention that I had to correct it because the asshat who posted it the first time forgot a fooking song. How can you forget a fooking song? Time to do it right. I decided to record a short video clip of each of the songs performed. The full SeaDick Set List is below, enjoy. (Song titles are links to the songs in iTunes.)
7. Dan’s Song
10. Get Better
Isbell is next.