Thursday, September 4, 2003 @ 11:10 PM
RA Live at the Urban Refuge in
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review by: Mr. X
Following an intense weekend of drinking, followed by a few sober hours of drinking, I made my way to the metropolis of Minneapolis, by way of St. Paul, to see the band RA, a KNAC Staple Band (I would never have heard of them except for the heavy rotation on KNAC.COM). The St. Paul Locals know this is a long and perilous journey through the I-94 corridor leading to Minneapolis and better yet, "The Urban Refuge." Yeah, it was a Sunday night. Yeah, the place opened at 5:00pm. Yeah, I couldn't pass the sobriety meter at "John's Bar" in Stillwater, but damnit, I needed a good show considering the Great White Show last week just didn't have the feeling (no further comment's needed, I still love them).
I've never been to the Refuge before, but it's roughly the size of most people's basement times two, which equals a great place to have a band to me. Sizing up the room between bands (my parole officer timed it perfect so I'd show up for the headliner), I found the beer stand next to the door/vent. I love concerts in "clubs," but I really like concerts in rooms with no ventilation, it's kind of like a bad Samantha Fox movie -- thank god for Corona.
If I had the CD, I could probably tell you the set list but the second song was "Rectifier" (on KNAC all the time) and it was great -- all fifty of us were really into it. A lot of bands have filler material but these guys just ripped into one song after another. I only know two songs from the band, thanks to KNAC.COM, but the rest were great. These guys didn't give a crap that the room was half full, (thanks to zero advertising), blasting out continuous great songs -- I think they played all their songs.
I'd pay double again to see them over the puke Metallica tour (I cut off my mullet about the same time I quit listening to them about ten years ago). My one complaint, they ran out of CDs at the merch booth, the band stuck around to sign anything that wasn't nailed to the wall and I wanted a CDů Needless to say, it was a great show -- thank god Minneapolis is the music capital of the world...