What Did the Bear Say?
The band got in a 90 minute set in front of a really receptive, fun and large crowd at Kiwanis park in B as part of the Summer Concert Series for the Brookfield Park District . This reporter can confirm that it was freakin’ hot! Rob the bass player was quoted as saying, “We are not going to comment on it being warm, but we are concerned the drummer will spontaneously combust!” Poor Ronnie drummed through it like a trooper. Perhaps it was his aerodynamic haircut that inspired his brave performance?
It was a weird night for several reasons. Because of the humidity, rain and perhaps the invisible gremlins hiding amongst us, mics suddenly would go out, weird buzzing noises haunted Richie and a very small amount of rain fell on the crowd seemingly from a cloudless sky for a few minutes. The crowd was kind and patient as the band and Rick Kroll from RAK sound battled through it.
There was a lot of folks singing back at the stage and 707’s “I Could Be Good For You.” Also getting a decent sing along and reception, were “Jump” (VH), Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and Chicago’s (actually Berwyn’ very own) Ides of March song – “Vehicle.”
During the first several songs a mosh pit of 5 to 7 little kids aging in ranges of 4 to maybe 8 took over the center area in front of the stage. In one of the best moments of the night, during "Jump", the undeniable Richie LaFaire, attempted to get person after person to give him a vocal on his microphone. Person one, refused, person two made a face - no vocals, third person gave him the "hand of no." The fourth person looked to be an elderly man who might have fallen asleep before Richie finally got the fifth person to give him a "JUMP!” Well done Mr. LaFaire.
Any of you that have attended biPOLARbear shows in the past must notice that Jim Cavanaugh carefully pieces together the clothes he wears for each performance. The band was unaware that he was actually going to be dressed in costume as the construction worker for famed disco group, The Village People.
Til next time,