For under $10, I was able to see three bands and enjoy a couple of drinks with change to spare. In a family of 10 with most of the kids in bands, I’ve seen my fair share of live music in bars around town. While the venues might not always be the most glamorous, there are a lot of great musicians just starting up who provide a couple of hours of entertainment for a small price, and sometimes for free.
On Oct. 10, my brother’s band, The I Knows, played at Vixen in Sparks along with Hopscotch Whisky and Madorians.
“Even in a weak economy, music will still thrive,” I Knows bassist Matthew Hatjakes said. “It’s something for people to look forward to.”
Hatjakes was joined by Steven Corder on guitar and vocals and Derek Burke on drums. They fit under the genre of “experimental indie rock,” according to Hatjakes and currently have mostly instrumental music, although they hope to add more vocals to their repertoire soon. Their music features intricate bass and guitar lines and unexpected beats from drummer Burke.
The group started in January of 2007 and hopes to begin touring next summer. Hopscotch Whisky, who played with The I Knows, had an interesting style, playing one song that sounded like a mystery track from the Beatles’ “White” album followed by a harder sound, similar to indie rockers The Raconteurs.
Though Vixen is relatively small, it was a great place for live music with an elevated stage and equipment that produced surprisingly good sound quality.
A lot can be said about the concert experience, but sometimes just as much can be said of finding a small bar in town to hear the music of some local talent.