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So.... I knew last night's Sin City vs. Guitar Town event at The Basement East was going to be pretty darn incredible, but really....
Okay, I got there early to catch Paul Burch finish off the pre-show. Let me tell you - not a bad pre-show.
Campfire Propaganda opened the set, and it was a delicious teaser for their upcoming October residency at The 5 Spot. Campfire Propaganda are a collective of amazing songwriters working together to further their art and craft. Founding member Tim Easton was not there - he is opening some dates for James McMurtry - but Nellie Clay, Megan Palmer, Brian Wright, and Darrin Bradbury all knocked it out of the park.
Next up was Jesse Dayton - taking a break from his current gig filling in for the ailing Billy Zoom on the current X tour. Playing solo acoustic, he totally rocked the house.
Dayton was followed by an amazing jam lead by the one and only Aaron Lee Tasjan. His band included Brian Wright and Jon Latham on guitars and Keith Christopher on bass. Guests included Lilly Hiatt, Allen Thompson (who did a Grateful Dead song) and Kevn Kinney! Oh, and Brian Wright absolute killed on a Supersuckers song.
Jonathan Tyler delivered a really great set and he brought out Nikki Lane as his guest.
Keith Gattis was up next and sounded great.
And then, The Bottle Rockets just about tore the roof off the joint with an extended set. They played several songs from their forthcoming album and also dug into their extensive back catalog.
Needless to say, the night was a blast, and it was so amazing seeing my friends sharing a stage with some of my musical heroes. I saw a bunch of people including some I had never met in person before, and I even met a music blogger from Norway.
It's kind of hard to believe that all that was just basically night zero of the American Music Association Festival. I'm leaving soon for some AMA related events and trying to map out a somewhat reasonable schedule among the seemingly endless choices at hand.