Arts Desk

Big Shoulders Ball: More Pictures

On Monday night, the Black Cat hosted the Big Shoulders Ball. We were there. We took pictures. We shot some video of Ted Leo and Andrew Bird. By now, other sites have weighed in. DCist posted its review. So yeah this show has pretty much been blogged about enough. It was a great night–one that I was perhaps too tired to even think about yesterday or immediately following the show! But there were some great performances by Ted Leo, the Waco Brothers, Andrew Bird, and Honeyboy Edwards. What made the night so unique–compared to the other balls–was that it was a) actually fun; b) it felt homemade; 3) you didn't have to wear a tux (dress was "thrift store formal"; 4) speakers actually mentioned things like healthcare and unions.

I have a few more pictures that I didn't have time to post the other morning. So here they are.

Honeyboy Edwards

Icy Demons

Ken Vandermark


Jon Langford

The Waco Brothers

Thomas Frank

Ted Leo

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  • Brandon Wu

    Did Vandermark play solo or with others? Haven't seen anyone mention his performance yet.

  • Jason Cherkis

    Good question. Vandermark played with two others (members of Tortoise). A drummer and guitarist. Vandermark announced at the beginning of his set that his set would be a tribute to Sun Ra.

  • Brandon Wu

    Nice. Thanks.

  • baconfat

    more specifically, vandermark played with john herndon and jeff parker of tortoise. and it fucking ruled. and i couldn't believe the dipshits right in front of the center of the stage who were talking LOUDLY and playing on their iphones for at least 10 minutes until i asked them to show a little respect. god, why do people insist on acting like this at shows?

  • Jason Cherkis

    baconfat: thanks for the comment. I agree too many people talked through Vandermark's set.

  • Mike

    I was standing next to one of those loud talkers. Incredibly annoying. I resisted the urge to ask him to shut up. But yes, if people want to talk, why can't they go to the back of the room?

  • Jason Cherkis

    This always amazes me. You go to a show and Ken Vandermark is up on stage. And you talk. I wonder why people talk during shows. It's one thing to tap your friend on the shoulder and yell into his ear: "this is awesome" or "this sucks, I'm going to the red room." But to talk through entire sets, ugh.