The flyer by Skillet Gilmore says its all: good food + good bands = good times. With Saturday's weather forecast looking ideal and Posh Nosh catering serving up tasty tamales, TONKmeat looks to live up to the promises of a fun Saturday night in the summertime. At 7pm, beers will be poured under tents in front of 14 W. Martin Street. The first 80 ticket holders will receive free tamales!
Tonk will start off the night around 8:30. Tonk play country music the way its supposed to sound, with nods to the likes of Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens and Johnny Paycheck. They frown on the stylings of The Eagles and Pure Prairie League who "bent country music over a barrel and had their way with it." Tonk will be joined by Greg Readling on keyboards for the show.
Shark Quest play instrumental jams, or as Merge puts it, "Stories ripe and full of vigor without need of ponderous or limiting words." This view of their work is one reason why they had great success scoring Monster Road, a documentary on legendary underground clay animator Bruce Bickford. The films subject matter and Shark Quests' compositions were made for each other. Their songs might have you wanting to create stories of your own.
The Whom made their debut at last year's Great Cover-Up. The set was comprised of "Live at Leeds" era Who songs, with Motocaster backing Birds of Avalon guitarist Paul Siler, who channels the spirit of Roger Daltrey with flawless form. Many sang praises of that December performance and now, six months later, The Whom are set to play an encore.
Benji Hughes and his band will close out the nights festivities. Whether it is songs about going to shows, tight clothing or fictional former baseball greats, Benji Hughes will blend catchy pop, piano ballads and somber tones with his deep nasal drawl. The result will be a live show that takes you along for a ride…a ride you had no idea you were going on, but were happy to have been there. Maybe you'll have a song or two written about you in the process.
TONKmeat 2012 starts at 7pm this Saturday, June 16th, at Kings. Music starts around 8:30pm. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, visit kingsbarcade.com