Gig Report – We Love Rice Vol. 1

By suakatribe on Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Those of you who didn’t make it to The Mean Fiddler for We Love Rice Vol. 1 on Friday night missed one of the best shows I have seen all year.

The good thing about playing on a Friday is that everyone can really relax and cut loose without having to worry about getting up for work in the morning. This crowd defintely came prepared to have a good time, and Gosha, always the consummate showman, did not disappoint. Not only did he book six solid bands, he also had sexy dancers performing between sets and a DJ spinning a wide range of Asian and other music, and he kept up a steady stream of reminders for people to drink copiously and tip generously. I guess it worked because the audience was extra enthusiastic – chanting along with Rully during Suaka’s set, dancing to all the other bands, and breaking out a full-blown mosh pit at the climax of Firesign’s explosive performance.

Despite a busy couple of weeks that didn’t leave as much time for rehearsal as might have been ideal, Suaka was on fire. The four new songs, which showcased some truly virtuoso guitar work, were definitely the highlight of the set. They also managed to avoid the technical difficulties that plagued several of the other bands – though everyone was able to overcome and put on a great show.

Thanks to all the bands who rocked the house: NoirceuR, Small Mountain Path, JotkaRock, The Royal Lowkick Manah, and Firesign, and thanks to everyone who came out to support them. Special thanks to Gosha and his crew for putting the whole thing together. Check him out at for upcoming projects including We Love Rice Vol. 2.

Suaka plans to spend April focusing on recording, with more shows planned for later in the spring. Stay tuned for updates!

See you next time. Peace.


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