Weird Shows: Fairy Bones Installment

Weird Shows: Fairy Bones Installment

Welcome back to the 80/20 blog! Today, in honor of October and the glorious holiday celebrated at the end of the month, we bring you the first installment of Weird Shows! The following tale comes from Matthew Foos of Fairy Bones. Hands down, the weirdest show we’ve ever played had to be the “festival” in Miami, Arizona. The show was promoted as being a big thing: a great musical line up of Arizona bands in the middle of an art festival. I remember the band being stoked, just like all the other bands we knew were going. It was going to be a great night. So we drive up, and immediately we felt like something was off. The town was desolate. For the first few minutes driving into the city, we only saw closed down and abandoned businesses. It really dampened the whole mood—we felt like we were driving into Death Valley or something. We finally found the gig, in the main stretch of town. It was this rinky-dink art parlor, and in no way could it handle our band. There was one monitor with a mic cable, but no mic…which we didn’t bring, having been told there would be sound, a stage, food, and places to stay. This place had only one outlet, which was already being used by the PA. The owner didn’t even realize that anyone was supposed to playing at his space. Needless to say, we were a little worried. That is when things got weird. The organizer seemed far too relaxed with the haphazard conditions. When asked, where can we plug in, his response...