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Seattle Hard Rock Cafe Concert Review – Late Night Transit, Aury Moore Band, Afraid of Figs

Saturday night was my first time going to a concert at any Hard Rock Cafe, let alone the Seattle one. I thought the concert was going to be in the restaurant, but there’s an entire upstairs concert venue with a capacity of 477 that’s mostly a stage and bar with sparse seating.

The three bands were Late Night Transit, Aury Moore Band, and Afraid of Figs. This was apparently one of only two nights in the venue’s history that it sold out, and it doubled as Late Night Transit’s CD release party.

Of the three bands, Late Night Transit was the only band I’d recommend pretty much anyone see live, though their CD was a bit of a letdown, often the case with indie bands with cheaply produced albums. Live, they displayed a  combination of musical talent, humor, and charisma. They sang their album’s lead track “Pretty” to my friend who was attending the concert for her birthday party, which was hilarious because the first line of the main chorus was “I’m the only one who thinks you’re pretty.”

I wouldn’t recommend seeing Aury Moore Band, mostly because Aury Moore herself had pitch problems for their entire set even though the rest of the band seemed like good musicians. The crowd sadly visibly thinned throughout their set.

Afraid of Figs, the headliner, were good musicians but not particularly my taste because comedy was front and center in their lyrics and performance. Their songs include lines like “I ate a vegan” and “I don’t want to be your Facebook friend.” If Weird Al Yankovic and Jim Carrey formed a good ska band, they would probably sound a lot like Afraid of Figs.

Overall, I think I got my money’s worth at ten dollars. Hard Rock Cafe seemed like a decent venue at that price, not particularly crowded or hot and with okay sound. However, knowing that this is one of only two concerts to sell out there worries me that most bands who perform there are not as good as Late Night Transit, who alone sold half the tickets.

Note: I sadly can’t find a Web site — even an active MySpace page — for Late Night Transit. Let me know if there are any out there.

Update 9/28/2010: Thanks to Emily, the birthday girl mentioned in this post, I now have a link to Late Night Transit’s Web site.

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