All Aboard The Poopship Destroyer

Wholy shit mang! The Go! Team, The Flaming Lips, and Ween were all incredible this weekend.

We had a team at the doors at 10:00 am so our runners got us seats second row center (click the picture above to see me, and be sure to mark where you were at [click all sizes to get a good view of the crowd]). I was busy at will call but most of the others in our group got to watch sound check.

I really loved the Go! Team. I have been wanting to see them for a long time now. I bought there album as an import last summer not having any idea how much the pounds I payed for it transferred into dollars, just knowing I had to have it. Their show was complete energy and really pumped me up for what was about to come. Ican’t wait for them to get big enough to have an actual horn section.

Because of our coveted seats there was a lot of jockying going on before the flaming lips came on. Two incredibly huge dudes who were itching for a fight took my me and my friends seats when we went to get beer telling my brother that if we wanted our seats we were gonna have to kick their ass for them. Luckily a few friends back him up in the confrontation till security got involved. This all left a strange vibe throughout the night for me. There were a few times after that when I had to tell people who would just try to stand in front to get the hell out of the way. But my veiw was unobstructed for the entire show due to a two-year-old passed out in the row right in front of me.

The Flaming Lips were also tons of fun. Lots of theatrics and good tunes. Their cover of “bohemian rhapsody” was great, that’s a hard song to cover. But “war pigs” was weak I thought. The Santa and Alien dancers cracked me up. I like the fact that a couple got engaged on stage when normally I’d find that incredibly lame. It just seemed to be fitting for the atmoshpere this time around. Anyway, the flips had a great euphoric set and goods times.

Ween completely rocked my socks off. I was exhausted and still smiling by the end. Johnny On The Spot, Dr. Rock, and Buckingham Green, and Gene’s Arabic chanting were all highlights. Deaner fucking killed it all night and Gener’s rockin’ roll ego was larger than all of Red Rocks.

The whole day was great. A total time.

Lots of pictures here and here. And some more after the jump.

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Another Entry In Which All I Do Is Complain About Having Too Much Fun

It’s not really because I’ve been so productive or anything, it’s not even because I’ve been working hard, or been stressed out, but the last couple of weeks seem to have wiped me out and I’m not sure how long the recovery is going to take. I think it all started with the Widespread show at Red Rocks a couple of weeks ago. I also somehow fit a night out and a picnic at City Park listening to the free jazz concert somewhere in that weekend. My dad’s birthday and America’s birthday were stuck in there somewhere with late night fanfare for both.

There have been BBQ nearly every other day it seems. Counting up real quick-like I can think of three nights I have had hamburgers, one night of hot links, one afternoon of hot wings, another afternoon of hot dogs, kickers for dinner, and oh my god I’ve been eating like crap. Last week Pandy made her etouffee again. It was utterly delicious and probably the healthiest thing I’ve eaten over the past fortnight. Twice this weekend alone, G made her special potatoes that have two whole sticks of butter per batch in them. My diet is definitely not helping my wornoutedness much.

I’ve also spent a bunch of time in the sun lately. The above mentioned concerts were both at outdoor venues. I was out on the boat twice this week for at least three hours each time. All the BBQs (beside the one in last nights deluge) have been held outside. I also fit in 18 holes of golf over the weekend. The sun is tiring, it’s definitely not helping my wornoutedness much.

I know it sounds like all I’m doing is complaining about having fun, but, that is really all I’m doing.

Late Sweltering Nights

On Saturday I went to a backyard BBQ/ summer kickoff party. It was a lot of fun. Tons of good grub, and beer, and all you can drink mojitos with fresh crushed mint. It was a little bit of a different crew than I see normally so it was great to mix it up that way too.

The Gypsie Swing Revue :: Summer Kickoff Party 2006 :: Denver

Our wonderful hosts booked Gypsy Swing Revue to play for the shindig. Their sound is a throw back to the 30’s and 40’s with large influences from Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli (they played songs by both of these artists), and the like. If you’re so inclined, you can check them out most Wednesday nights at the Snug. It was the perfect music for dancing through a late, sweltering, Denver night. The band was talked into playing till 12:30 in the morning, allowing everyone to get there dancing shoes well greased.

Summer Kickoff Party 2006 :: Denver

Casa Bonita

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure/displeasure of eating at one of Denver’s – scratch that – the Nation’s landmark restaurants: Casa Bonita.

Casa Bonita opened in 1974. It is over 52,000 square feet with seating for 1,100 guests and took one year to build. Since the Casa Bonita in Tulsa closed in September of 2005 (which I’m incredibly disappointed in never having had the chance to visit), Denver’s Casa Bonita is now one of a kind – with the exception of the soon to be open Casa Viva and The Mayan (which was sued by Casa Bonita). Casa Bonita achieved national recognition recently with it’s appearance on South Park.

I think it’s easily described as the offspring of a broken down Disneyland, less than stellar Taco Bell, long airport security lines, the Las Vegas Strip, Chunky Cheese, and good liquid acid.

Nearly everyone who has lived in Denver, for any amount of time, is going to know what casa Bonita is. And most of those people are going to gag at the mere mention of it’s name. In fact, the reputation of the food at Casa Bonita is so poor it has been deemed “Casa Don’t-eat-a” by many Denverites. Casa Bonita is not for the week of heart or the week of stomach. It is just as plastic as Vegas (maybe more). And the food is some of the worst I’ve ever had. For reals.

The lines to get into the Casa can be horrendous. Go on a weeknight, less screaming children and little-to-no lines. If you decide to make a weekend night out of it you can expect lines up to an hour long to get in. And often a 30 minute line can form just to get the hell out of there. You’ve been warned. Trust me, this is one of the last places on earth you want to feel trapped.

After you have made your order and paid (you didn’t think they’re going let you see what’s on your plate before you paid did you), you are ushered to another cafeteria style line were you get a tray and wait until a young lady asks, “wachoo order?”. Soon your meal comes sliding out of a mysterious hole in the wall were it waits for you under the heating lamps. I love the fact that you never see where or by whom your food is made – it just appears through a hole!

Mystery Slot

I can only harsh on Casa Bonita for so long though. I personally, have spent many a childhood birthday at Casa Bonita. It will forever hold a nostalgic place in my heart, no matter how many times I end up puking in the fountain on the way out.

And so the fun begins. After getting your slop you’ll be lead to your seat. Everyone asks for a seat by the waterfall. Don’t. The smell of chlorine will get your stomach upset before you have a chance to drink your first coronaita. And they won’t seat you there anyway. One of the coolest things about Casa Bonita is all the cool rooms they can seat you in. There are gazebos, waterfall seating, mines, cave rooms, “open air” seating, and the governors mansion.

Miners Booths

This particular time we were seated in the magic room. This room had a cool chandelier and stage complete with red velvet curtain. There are magic shows every hour. The magician seemed like the saddest man on the planet but actually produced quite a few laughs.

Chandalier

In addition to magic shows, Casa Bonita has all kinds of other entertainment including pupppet shows, flame jugglers, a wishing well, a roaming mariachi band (which reportedly can’t play anything other than ‘happy birthday’), Black Barts cave, an arcade filled with 80’s video games and ski-ball, a souvenir store filled with absolute shit – and t-shirts, “authentic” Mexican dancers, a wishing well, piñatas for the kids, and all kinds of other stuff. Casa Bonita is great to go exploring in. Go thru a door your not supposed, search around, there is cool stuff to be found.

The Alley

The Puppet Show Is Closed

But by far the main attraction at Casa Bonita is the thirty-foot waterfall. Everyone seems to fall into the waterfall. If it’s not the regular divers doing flips, it’s Black Bart being shot by the sheriff and falling into the pool, or Chiquita the gorilla running around it escaping her captor and harassing the patrons. It’s the waterfall that makes Casa Bonita really unique. The diver’s at Casa Bonita even have there own blog featuring Chiquita.

Mariachi

Here are some Southpark screen caps and sounds.

Here are Casa Bonita My Space and Friendster accounts.

Go to Tiki Boyds and get a drink called the Casa Bonita. Refreshing!

Her reminiscing about Casa Bonita really hit home with me.

This dude made a video of his Casa Bonita experience.

Jeffery Sward has some great phtography of Casa Bonita.

The death metal band Carrion Crawler once did a short show on the Casa Bonita stage before getting kicked off.

Some more Casa Bonita photos can be found here.

This is a decent post about the Casa.

Casa Bonita at Night :: Denver

Please share you favorite / nostalgic / least favorite stories about the Casa. Or, just comment on how absolutly jealous you are of not being able to go here every weekend!

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