Chiara Giovando and Daniel Higgs

Chiara Giovando and Daniel Higgs Last night was the first re­al night of sum­mer for me. Filled with mu­sic, fa­mil­iar faces and late-burn­ing eye­balls. Asterisk Gallery had a fair­ly im­promp­tu show fea­tur­ing Chiara Giovando and Daniel Higgs [lead singer of Lungfish]. Ha Ha La was the first act, a sort of Daniel Johnston with a dash of Sigur Ros and [when-used] Jesus and Mary Chain gui­tar. Ted Flynn played next, a bit more stan­dard­ized root­sy sort of set. I took some video. My bro Wasco played next, his Scarcity im­pro­vi­sa­tion­al ex­per­i­ments re­main in­tense. Here’s his en­tire set, split in two for YouTube. Part 1, Part 2.

Andrew Klimek was next, and he did things with bal­loons and gui­tars that are like­ly il­le­gal in sev­er­al coun­tries. Chiara Giovando and Daniel Higgs were last, and hope­ful­ly enough do­na­tions were giv­en to help them on their way to Pittsburgh. The duo was mind­blow­ing. I would have tak­en video but my cam­era wasn’t up to record­ing in the dim light. Banjo, vi­o­lin, a capel­la, mouth harp and what I think was a spring drum gave a world-folk vibe to their set, but this retro-hip­pie-ness was dis­tinct­ly jux­ta­posed with lyrics that showed a def­i­nite punk edge. It end­ed up be­ing more ma­ture than both, an af­fir­ma­tion of love in con­test with world­ly ex­pe­ri­enced cyn­ic­sim.

There were cam­eras [in­clud­ing mine] all over this show. Sometimes I won­der if peo­ple are more in­ter­est­ed in im­i­tat­ing Lou Muenz [in­clud­ing me] than watch­ing the show.

I hitched a ride over to Duck Island to see Seers and made it home close to 2, I think. I saw just about every per­son that I care to see in the Cleveland mu­sic scene last night. We’re all anx­ious to get out and be some rock, I think. Maybe I’m just pro­ject­ing.

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