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- $9 to see Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven (up to an $18.63 value)
- When: Friday, May 10, at 9 p.m.
- Where: The Cubby Bear
- Seating: General admission
- Door time: 8 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
Camper Van Beethoven
Like a man with two secret families who scheduled both Thanksgiving dinners for the same night, the musically pluralistic David Lowery brings both of his seminal bands, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, together for evening of brand new gems and alternative rock classics. In Camper Van Beethoven (CVB), Lowery and his gang of Santa Cruz pranksters, including longtime bassist Victor Krummenacher and violinist/guitarist Jonathan Segel, stuck a fork in the eye of the early ‘80s punk scene with their adventurous frappe of rock, folk, ska, world music, and Spaghetti-Western themes. Their 1985 debut album, Telephone Free Landslide Victory, sent CVB to the head of the college rock class, while 1989’s elegant and supposed swan-song Key Lime Pie proved that Lowery’s sarcastic and satirical lyrics could also be emotionally devastating. Thankfully, the band refused to stay buried, and reemerged with new material, including 2004’s New Roman Times a wily cover of the entire Fleetwood Mac Tusk album, and their latest valentine to Northern California living, La Costa Perdida.
Camper Van Beethoven – “Take the Skinheads Bowling”
Whereas Camper Van Beethoven is more psychedelic and Eastern European, Cracker smacks of the American South. After their 1991 debut album weaned CVB fans through detox with the roadrunning hit “Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now”) Cracker attracted a brand new audience with their second album Kerosene Hat, featuring the breakthrough hit “Low,” the roving sing-along “Euro Trash Girl,” and roughly 70 bonus tracks of silence customary to ‘90s CDs. Throughout the years, the band has developed into a well-oiled touring machine between crafting further hi-IQ honky-tonk albums such as Countrysides and Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey.
Cracker – “Low”
The Cubby Bear
Situated directly across the street from historic Wrigley Field, the Cubby Bear is something of a cultural landmark itself. Besides serving as a destination for nightlife-lovers, the bar serves up fried and grilled-fare to fuel the most raucous of outings, and broadcasts sporting events from 80 televisions. Live concerts frequently shake its brick façade, and rented rooms ring with the festive sounds of private parties.