"You know, I haven't stopped humming your songs" - Restorations
Saturdays are so easy to squander away before you realize you've blown half of your weekend capital.
So did you make wise use of your Saturday today? Did you spend another lazy afternoon lost in televised sports or the latest cable TV series marathon with nothing to show for it except for a path of food wrappers and beverage containers between the couch and the fridge? Or, were you a little more ambitious with your Saturday and took this time to finish some overdue chores? Either way, before you know it, Saturday can bleed into Sunday. Although you might feel a slight sense of accomplishment if you chose the ambitious path and got some things done around the house, you still may not be completely fulfilled with how you spent your afternoon.
There was still another option you could have chosen today which would have left you feeling a little more satisfied with your Saturday itinerary.
You could have hopped off the couch or taken a break from the chores and headed out for some free music and free beer at Cactus Music this afternoon with plenty of time left over to revisit the couch or finish up the projects around the house.
If you chose the last option, it didn't cost you anything but the time it took you to drive to Cactus Music and watch a stripped down set by Philadelphia band Restorations. The Cactus Music in store performance was a laid back, entertaining preview of their full, plugged in concert along with San Diego band Weatherbox and Houston bands Tiny Empires and Hoofprints later Saturday evening at Fitzgerald’s.
Restorations treated the Cactus Music audience to an acoustic set (if you overlooked the Hammond organ plugged into an amp and doubling as a stool for Ben Pierce) of some old songs and some new songs from their latest CD “LP2” including “New Old” and “Adventure Tortoise.” The performance was an appropriately dialed down set for a lazy Saturday afternoon by the normally rocking and plugged in Philadelphia band.
In the words of Restorations vocalist Jon Loudon during and after the Cactus Music performance, “Hell of a Saturday afternoon.” You can’t argue with that. Salvaging your weekend with great, free music beats the couch and Saturday afternoon chores all day long.
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