The first time playing The Shakedown Tavern, and indeed Bellingham, by the band’s own admission, last night we were treated to a rare sighting of The Cave Singers in a very small house. Holding just 88 patrons, The Shakedown is small-bar country, and it still wasn’t a sold out evening. But for the faithful, it was an almost unmatched pleasure seeing a band of their mastery playing up close, on a hot summer night. If you’ve even listened to one of The Cave Singers LPs you’ll have noticed their full sound. And it’s just fours guys (last night Morgan Henderson wasn’t present, but we still got Pete Quirk, Derek Fudesco, and Marty Lund. Recording artists running with the big-dog labels Matador and Jagjaguwar. Tonight they play the Frontier Lanes Lounge in Tacoma, another tiny shop. If you’re into last-minute screaming road trips down I-5 hell-bent on seeing top-tier talent in small venues, saddle up now. Do it now! Hell, I might even do it, too. Call me. We can share gas money.
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