Posted: January 19th, 2011 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Al Mader, anniversary, Deet Street Productions, Petunia, Railway Club, Tamara Nile | 4 Comments »
Sunday January 30th, 2005, in the auditorium at the Western Front, a room which has seen so many deliberately stranger things, an accordionist with a performance poetry troupe met an outsider acoustic noise duo with slightly more underground musical sensibilities than the Shaggs had, and knew that their two great tastes must go great together. Enter: the Creaking Planks. Six years later, we skip lightly past the endless living rooms, back yards, and festivals, Vancouver’s introduction to the ZombieWalk, a pirate flashmob, two stage musicals, gigs down the US Pacific seaboard (studded with the abandoned hulks of derelict tour vehicles), and memorable mixed bills — following ’50s squeezebox sex symbol Dick Contino at the 20th annual Cotati Accordion Festival, and opening in turn for free software guru Richard Stallman… our two biggest gigs!
Now we actually know how to play our instruments, and our musical sensibilities have matured from “Can we play this?” to “Should we play this?” In honour of our six years we’re putting to bed many of the songs we’ve kept close this whole time, and celebrating onetime contributors whose paths led them through the rotating roster of Planks before settling for other, less strange projects. We may not match our record of 11 Planks on-stage simultaneously, but we should be able to at least cumulatively meet that high-water mark over the course of the night. Joining us will be musical guiding lights Petunia the yodeling cowboy and Al Mader, the Minimalist Jug Band, whose “I’m a Lousy Lay” were the magic words that got us together in the first place.
It’s also a retirement for Dieter Friesen’s tenure booking his Deet Street nights at the Railway Club, a long association between him and us dating back to our first appearance there in April ‘06 sharing a bill with his band Rick Danko’s Ghost under the auspices of Tamara Nile. In short, we have numerous reasons to be celebrating this night, of things changing more the more they stay the same.
Update! Allan reviewed it, in a roundabout fashion, and an American friend came up from Bellingham to enjoy some great music and take a bunch of pictures capturing the night’s wild and wooly energy!
Posted: May 7th, 2009 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Cafe Montmartre, Petunia | No Comments »
Following our bombastic April Ship of Fools variety show, Ali has seen fit, in his ultimate wisdom, to turn the Montmartre stage (4362 Main Street) over to us for another Saturday night filled with much merriment and musical mayhem. Joining us tonight for a tasty set in the middle is our pal Petunia!
Posted: January 11th, 2009 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Al Mader, Cafe Montmartre, Minimalist Jug Band, Petunia | No Comments »
The Jug Band of the Damned revisits Main Street’s little slice of Paris, Cafe Montmartre (4362 Main at 28th) courtesy once again of the western swingingest flower in the whole dagblamed garden, Petunia, sandwiching us between two sets of him playing with a small combo and featuring scattered smatterings from Al Mader, the Minimalist Jug Band — the visionary behind “Lousy Lover” and “Dead Man’s Pants”. Not to be missed!
We’ll be back there later in the week with Rick Keating, so stay tuned!
Posted: December 20th, 2008 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: Ana Bon-bon, Chapel Arts, New Year's, Petunia, The Highballs, The Vipers | No Comments »
It ain’t Portland, but sometimes us Planks don’t have to travel quite so far afield to find friends to hang out with on New Year’s Eve. We’ll be sharing the stage at Chapel Arts (304 Dunlevy Avenue at Cordova) with our pal Petunia and the Vipers as well as the Highballs. All that plus appetizers, champagne at midnight and a chance to get an eyeful of the Galatians 3:19 group show currently hanging there!Admission is $40 in advance, $50 at the door and $20 after midnight. For further information, you can go right to the source!
And here we were!
Posted: October 25th, 2008 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: birthday, Cafe Montmartre, Hallowe'en, HPVI, HPVII, Nite Brite, Oven Mitts, Parade of Lost Souls, Petunia, The Pathogens, Whiskey Jar | 1 Comment »
We had so much fun at Horace Phair VI that we couldn’t keep still. (Especially Scruffy Bigbass, who had a claustrophobic call of the wild in the middle of past-midnight highway construction in the vicinity of Everett.)
This year, for HPVII, with under half as many Planks on board, things were a little more sedate for us…
though Nite Brite, The Pathogens and Oven Mitts were quite literally rocking the block while everyone else drank their head off with a pint of the homebrew Budd Dwyer ale on tap.
Then our timing belt broke in Olympia on the way back, but that’s a whole ‘nuther story (and a happy departure to a Planks tradition of strewing dead automobiles across the West Coast.) Do you have your copy of our HPVII mix yet?
A week later, we hunkered down with Whiskey Jar to wish our mutual friend Wyoming Johnny a very happy birthday, and tonight, Saturday October 25th, we are letting our online following (all other locals have already made up their minds about attending this regardless of our participation) know that, following a seasonal squash-mangling, we will be logging an appearance (an earful at least) at tonight’s Parade of Lost Souls, from six to nine pm in the Black Zone (at the intersection of William and Maclean, for the living.)
Tomorrow night, Sunday Oct 26th, we take to Cafe Montmartre (4362 Main Street at E 28th Avenue) to join roots showman Petunia in a brief opening set around 8 pm… to be followed by a drunken pumpkin-carving contest.
And as for Hallowe’en? Do keep posted… we have a special surprise in store.