Three Imaginary Girls: Best Week Ever (at least since 2003)!


photo by Gregory A. Perez

Do you remember what the best week or weekend of music you ever experienced was? For me, it was back in 2003 and I was 24. I had been brand new to writing about music and was working a pretty crappy job at the time, driving back and forth to and from Everett and Seattle every day to an intellectually crippling, lowly paying day job. Over a span of Thursday through Saturday, I had seen Le Tigre and the New Pornographers play at the Showbox (the former on Thursday, the latter on Saturday) and on the Friday of that weekend I saw Visqueen, the Divorce, the All Girl Summer Fun Band and the Girls at the Crocodile. Even though Le Tigre and the New Pornographers were bands I was obsessed with at the time and love to this day, what I remember most about that 3-day span was the show at the Croc meeting two wonderful women named Dana and Liz, who would, of course, become my very real and very dear imaginary friends and provide a loving and encouraging home for my writing (including this space here every week, indefinitely). From them I eventually learned, among other things, that it is a better virtue as a writer to explain why you like the wrong bands rather than blindly loving the right ones.

That was certainly a weekend that had forever changed my life. It’s probably the reason I love going to as many shows as I can. I’m curious if anyone else had had a similar time frame, seeing a handful of great shows or had similar experiences. The comment section would be a good place to share, if you’re so inclined.

I bring it up because this upcoming week is the closest in the past five years to such an epic week for me. There are five shows coming up that I would not even consider staying home for. This is how I will be spending most of my evenings. Process servers and Fatal Attraction-types, please take note.

Friday, May 2: Wanda Jackson at the Tractor Tavern
Wanda Jackson is called The First Lady of Rock and Roll and the Queen of Rockabilly because, well, because she is. Most historians consider her the first female rock singer and she’s been performing now for over 50 years. In every sense of the word, she is a legend and at 70 (as proven in this video from last summer), she hasn’t lost much of her tremendous voice:

Sunday, May 4: Joe Jackson at the Moore Theater
Joe Jackson has a prolific and impressive resume (over twenty albums in his career) but “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” remains his most well-known song and one of my absolute favorites of all time. It is a pop classic and hearing it played live is worth the high price of tickets alone.

Monday, May 5: Northern State with Team Gina and the Trucks at Chop Suey
I’ve written favorably of the Trucks and Team Gina here and at TIG, but I’ve been a fan of Northern State even longer. I often describe the ladies of NS as what the Beastie Boys might sound like if they were women who got their degrees from Wellesley. Like the aforementioned Le Tigre, they are politically aware yet prove that being an activist and having fun partying are not mutually exclusive.

Tuesday, May 5: The B-52s at the Showbox at the Market
I cannot imagine being any more excited for a show than I am for this one. The B-52s latest album Funplex is, like all their others, a crazy dance party. Now they are in their fifties and haven’t slowed down a bit. The last time the B-52s released a proper album, I was 13 but damn if Funplex isn’t Album of the Year so far, I don’t know what is.

Thursday, May 7: Ms. Led and Argo at the Sunset
If I wasn’t detailing my epic week of rock, I would be more hesitant to mentioning this show because members of both bands are friends but Argo hasn’t played in about a year and this is their “reunion” show – so of course I’ll be there.

On Friday I’m seeing Kate Nash, too.

See you out and about,
Chris Burlingame
*Three Imaginary Girls*

High iPod rotation:
Portishead
Plane
Biography of Ferns

(Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest and beyond to music lovers worldwide. We post a Seattle live show calendar to help you fill your day-planner with loads of great shows, as well as record reviews, live show reviews, and an imagi-blog to entertain you throughout the day.)

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