Thursday, September 16
Big Head Todd and the Monsters w/ Carbon Leaf
Buster’s, 8 P.M. $20 adv, $25 door. 18+.
Believe it or not, Big Head Todd and the Monsters played the loudest show I’ve ever attended. Back in the early ‘90s, when I was a but a degenerate frat guy idealistic collegian on the prowl for randy co-eds and kegs of Natural Light hopeful, soul-enlightening music, the Monsters played a free show at the university’s pastoral outdoor amphitheater—or, they were to play a show at the amphitheater, except that about an hour prior torrential rains hit the campus, and the whole production was relocated to the student center’s “ballroom,” which closely resembled my high school’s gymnasium. This would have been fine but for the evident laziness of the sound technicians, who had set amplifier and speaker levels at the soundcheck that afternoon, under clear skies, and then couldn’t be bothered to adjust those levels for the new, smaller, indoor space. And thus the sound was deafening.
Hundreds of folks turned up–this was at the peak of the band’s national popularity, borne of the melodic magnificence of their 1993 release, Sister Sweetly. But there was quickly established a sort of no-fly sector within 50 feet of the stage, an area within which one risked rapid, irreparable hearing loss.