Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dust Brothers? Chemical Brothers? No, Biscuit Brothers

Are the Biscuit Brothers televised nationally, or just locally? I know they're filmed locally at Pioneer Farms. Hey, let's go ask Wikipedia!

Oh, apparently they air on some texas PBS stations, but not nationwide. Too bad; it's a good show that Thumper likes to watch on Saturday mornings. So when I heard they were playing Symphony Square at 9:30 in the morning for $0.50 per kid, I thought we couldn't pass it up. Symphony Square is the home of Austin Symphony Orchestra. It's a small venue with tiered outdoor seating on one side of Waller Creek and the stage on the other.

Then I heard from a few people that you had to be "brave" to go to this event, that it's "crazy" and you have to get there "wicked early," and that it's "not a good event for toddlers."

Well, phooey on them, I say! That's right; I said phooey! It was a lot of fun. We got there about 9 o'clock, and there was plenty of seating. We parked at a meter about a block away. There were balloons and bubbles, clowns and musicians roaming through the crowd while we waited for the show to start. I also heard that there was a "petting zoo" of musical instruments that kids could touch and explore, face painting, and crafts, but we didn't make it to any of that. We just sat and snacked and people-watched.

Thumper had a great time. We watched the band set up the stage, and he waved and yelled "Hi!" at them. They must not have heard him. I wouldn't say he was exactly scared of the clowns,
Not Scared

more like he was a little baffled.
Just Baffled

When the show started, he was also a little taken aback by the volume, I think.

He doesn't know their music quite as well as he does Justin Roberts', but he did recognize them when they came out. He waved and yelled, "Hi, Biscuit Brothers!" They must not have heard him, though.
The Stage Across the Creek

It was a fun and energetic show, with lots of audience participation, and by the end, Thumper was clapping and stomping along with everyone else.
The Brothers

Though we were both drenched in sweat by the end (yes, at 10:30 in the morning; this is Austin in the summer after all), we both had a great time. Maybe we'll check out Joe McDermott July 8! We're just that crazy and brave!

Years from now, when Thumper is trying to impress the ladies by telling them that his first concert was some hardcore and edgy act named Caustic Bullet or some such, I'll say, "Well, actually, it was the Biscuit Brothers, son. Remember? I've got those pictures around here somewhere..." And he'll roll his eyes and do his best to pretend I'm not talking. It'll be great.


Anonymous said...

We always loved that trip as well. Biscuit Brothers and Joe also often frequent the library circuit (inside with AC)in the summer. They have some pretty cools shows rotating including an old fashion vaudeville act.

Jennie said...

That last picture makes me want to kiss his whole face.

I, Rodius said...

Thanks for the tip, Uggy Buggy, if that is in fact you.

Thanks, Jennie. I like it, too. He looks so content.

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