Venue: Bordello Bar
City: Los Angeles, CA
Set length: 40-45 minutes
Armed with my 1Ds Mark III and a couple of fast lenses, I set off to a venue I’d never been to before called The Bordello Bar in Los Angeles to see one of my favorite local bands; Firebug. I skipped my Wednesday evening softball game for this event, which I never do, so I was very excited about this one.
This is my new favorite venue! Apparently, it is one of the oldest bar locations in the Los Angeles area. From what I have read, it used to be called Little Pedro’s and has had a major renovation to make it what it is now. They feature live music of all sorts from Jazz, to Swing, to Indie, and everything in between, including Burlesque nights! Do yourself a favor and get out to this place and support a great venue staffed by really nice and hassle-free people. I have read some reviews where a few douche-nozzles put it down because of a few high priced cocktails but these are the type of people that probably also complain about the injustices of only getting an hour lunch break at work and how “the man” is keeping them from reaching their full potential. Ignore these moronic rants and check it out for yourself. I give it a high-five, 10 stars, a green flag or whatever the kids of today are using for a top rating these days.
Reviews, comments, and possible putdowns for Firebug…
I hadn’t seen Firebug in a few years and they are still as good as I remember them. Even though they don’t play anything from Fragile anymore, which I feel is a mistake, they still have the same fire and delivery to each of the songs they perform. This is also a band that can deliver what they record in the studio into the live setting, and sometimes better. Time for a live EP? I hope so… If you can find their version of War Pigs make sure to get it. Even though it is edited down ( I would have liked an extended version of this one), I find their version to be up there with Faith No More’s version; remember that one? The harmonies are what really set it apart. I can’t say enough about this group and I urge you to pick up anything they have released as it is all good. “But Ray, they don’t sound anything like Clutch or High On Fire… What gives?” Ahhh yes, caught in my own contradiction again. Hey, what can I say, I like Firebug’s music a lot. I also like Coltrane, Fear, Wayne Hancock and Firehose (not Firehouse – let’s make that perfectly clear). I can’t tell you why, I just like what I like so suck on that, Ron Burgundy!