Kate's Queen City Notes

Blundering through Cincinnati, laughing all the way

Kishi Bashi and The Ridges

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After enjoying Kishi Bashi at Bunbury, it wasn’t a difficult decision to get tickets to see him play at The 20th Century Theater. That venue is a nice intimate space. As an added bonus The Ridges opened for him. I haven’t seen them in about a year. Shame on me for that, as they have played numerous times around here. They’ve really amped up the energy in their live show since the last time I saw them. If their purpose was to get the crowed excited for Kishi Bashi, I say job well done.

Just before Kishi Bashi came out, the merch guy came out to quote what I think was Shakespeare. I don’t know why this felt completely appropriate, but it did. One of the band members handed over a remote control to girls to my left. It controlled the lighting in the body of the banjo. I enjoyed this little bit of audience participation.

The band looked great, and put in an energetic performance. It was standing at a place in the theater that made it difficult to judge what the sound was like. I was hearing quite a bit from the monitors on stage and even the acoustic sound from the instruments themselves. I do know that it was hot. There was dancing, and I had fun.

Violas. It's a thing.

Violas. It’s a thing.

The Ridges

The Ridges

Everyone sing along. Or should I say, everyone in the back shut yer pie holes.

Everyone sing along. Or should I say, everyone in the back shut yer pie holes.

That some stuff, stuff that I don't understand.

That some stuff, stuff that I don’t understand.

Tattooed banjo?

Tattooed banjo?

Kishi Bashi. It was hot as satan's taint in there. That jacket came off quickly.

Kishi Bashi. It was hot as satan’s taint in there. That jacket came off quickly.

Because you never know when you need to banjo while straddling someone doing push-ups.

Because you never know when you need to banjo while straddling someone doing push-ups.

Big finish with The Ridges on stage for "Bright Whites"

Big finish with The Ridges on stage for “Bright Whites”

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