Real Estate at First Avenue Poster
Real Estate Setlist
06/12 || Indianapolis, IN || HI-FI
06/13 || Cleveland, OH || Beachland Ballroom
06/14 || Jersey City, NJ || White Eagle Hall
06/15 || Providence, RI || The Columbus Theatre
There were three short films prepared for us, playing before each band (with the exception of the Last Import). They were videos of various bands wish a happy 50th Anniversary to the Electric Fetus. They were mostly local favorites, but few national bands like The Wombats, Sting (with Shaggy), and Ringo Starr made it in the films. Although the films weren’t very long (average less than five minutes each), they did push all the bands a little later than scheduled. As you know, in these multi-band lineup festival-type shows, a few minutes here and there will result in going over time. Ultimately, the final band, Real Estate, had to drop their song “The Bend” (which you can clearly read on their setlist) as a result of starting a little late.
Anyway, the celebration began with DJ Roy Freedom spinning music before and between sets. The first band to arrive on stage were Last Import, an all-grrrl trio featuring Emily Bjorke on vocals and guitars, Grace Baldwin on bass, and Jane Halldorson on drums.
The new-ish band, with their garage-y sound will fit well with other Minneapolis girl bands like Kitten Forever. Near the end of their brief 30-min set, the group mentioned that they are playing the Battle of the Bands free show at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall on June 13th.
Next up were Flamin’ Oh’s (currently: Robert Wilkinson - guitar and vocals, Bob Burns - keyboards and vocals, Terry Isachsen - guitar, Sean Sauder - drums, and Jenny Case - bass guitar and vocals), also from Minneapolis. The group were originally called Flamingo, but were forced to change their name to the Flamin’ Oh’s due to another group with the same/similar name. They actually broke up in 1987, but eventually reunited a decade later just in time for the Mill City Music Festival in 1997.
Even with rotating band members, but having been around for so long, the group were completely comfortable playing the main stage. Seeing them make goofy faces and doing standard rock poses, they look like they were having a lot of fun.
Host David Campbell did a good job introducing each band, but sometime he had to deal with a dead mic or had to speak without a spotlight, so it felt like not everyone was on the same page.
Brooklyn’s Habibi came on next. The pysch girl group (Rahill Jamalifard, Lenaya Lynch, Erin Campbell, Karen Isabel, and Leah Beth Fishman) were probably my favorite of the lineup. What made this group unique is that they mix traditional psych rock with girl harmonies, and sometime would sing in Farsi. It works, at least for me.
The group played a new song for us called “Born Too Late”, which they said was written on this current tour. In fact, the song debut only a few days ago, and it sounded like it’s a hit for the girls.
New Jersey’s Real Estate (singer/guitarist Martin Courtney IV, bassist Alex Bleeker, drummer Jackson Pollis, keyboard Matt Kallman, and guitarist Julian Lynch) closed out the show.
Bassist Alex Bleeker mentioned on stage that this was the band’s first time playing the First Avenue mainroom. This is, in fact, true, since they were originally scheduled for First Avenue in November 2017 (with Lucy Dacus), but unfortunately had to postponed it until this year.
Since the band started later than scheduled (due to compounding video time and Electric Fetus’ staff introduction and thank you’s), Real Estate did have to drop their final intended song “The Bend” from the set. With this jam-packed show, if they drop a song, I don’t think anyone minded ... they got their money’s worth.
It was a great 50th Anniversary Party for the Electric Fetus... here’s hoping for another 50.
|Real Estate Poster||Bob Mould on video screen||Roy Freedom||David Campbell||Last Import|
|Flamin’ Oh’s Setlist||Flamin’ Oh’s||Flamin’ Oh’s||Habibi||Habibi|
|Aaron and Stephanie||Aaron, Stephanie and David Campbell||Real Estate Setlist||Real Estate||Real Estate|
Real Estate at First Avenue, Minneapolis (09 June 2018)