First volley: 6 rings, voice mail.
Second volley 703pm:
“Hi….uh…is this not The Fire?”
“OK.just wanted to be sure. I was confused.” Is it 830pm for doors, 9pm show?
“I think…it is… looks like 8pm doors.”
“OK sounds good, thanks.”
Well, The Fire certainly exists in its own sort of timeline. In fact, the hanging sign out front does say Philadelphia Bar and Grill. There is no reference to The Fire, except in the performance space itself. Curiously I noticed that they do serve some appropriate bar snacks like chips and salsa and such, tho I don’t remember them serving food before.
Also the tables and chairs are something new. I wonder if it’s becoming a..ugh…listening room. it guarantees that someone is going to get in the way of someone else, and if it’s a rock concert, it could get ugly. Hopefully they move these barrier for livelier shows. But no such luck on Tuesday. My assignment was to cover this event featuring Spectral Lines, a duo formed by artist/actor Cris Welti and synth/keyboardist Jessica Darling Rose (Voltheque, Ex Cathedra).
Spectral Lines performed a loud set at the end. There was, in fact, an issue with the sound during the set, tho probably attributed to the sound board. Cris sings all the material, while Jessica thoughtfully strikes her Roland keyboard. The style is decidedly 80’s post-punk, new wave, straightforward in nature, interspersed between songs with audio clips, presumably from film. One could imagine them expanding on this project, maybe with a fuller band, or live video accompaniment. This was their first show on stage, and have a number of regional shows ahead.
Not bad for a new camera, eh? I kept most of the gallery up on Facebook without edits. Next time I’ll have the edits done before publishing. Meanwhile, enjoy the gallery here