What Did the Bear Say?
Bi Polar Bear got the chance to play Pub 78 for a second time on May 21st. Once again, the crowd was awesome and most of them probably related to Jim Cavanaugh. Thank God he is from a large Irish Catholic family or no one might show up. He has a built in audience – nephews over there, cousins on that side, in laws on another etc, etc, etc.
Rik Kroll, from Rak sound came out well before the show and set up the sound, something that had been an issue the last time the band played the Pub. Between his prep work and a great job by Kevin Cavanaugh on the board at the show, the sound was much improved.
This was the very first show for Aldo Kliene, who had been working individually and with the band since Dave Gonzalez’s exit after the Salerno’s show on 2/26/2022. It was a fine debut as Aldo cranked through both sets and scorched the stage near him with his bluesy tone and approach. The band worked through two sets including the second time playing “She’s a Beauty” by the Tubes, “Uninvited” by Alanis Morrisette and “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. Two new ones snuck in, as “Saturday Night” by the Bay City Rollers replaced the Partridge Family thing in the beginning mash up and 707’s “I Could be Good for You both debuted. Jimmy introduced the Bay City Roller opener as “one of the most awful songs ever recorded” and if you listen to it, the sound production is just as awful. Once again, Richie and Lisa were breaking microphones with their powerful deliveries and Rolly Tolly had an awesome night behind the kit. Ellen and Rolly also were really crisp on some of the background vocals they delivered. Ellen was awesome on “Uninvited.”
Behind the band, Trish (Jimmy’s sister-in-law) and Jimmy presented a 23 minute movie that looped in the background. I can not describe it, but if there was a title I could offer, maybe it would be, “Nut shots, unfortunate events and other really oddly funny things.”
Bi Polar Bear is never gonna tell you they are the greatest band out there; so many great musicians are playing brilliantly all over the Chicagoland and suburban area. They will testify that they have a great freakin’ time playing and are ridiculously fortunate to have such great support from their friends and family (and a lot of people with the surname of Cavanaugh) to come out to the shows.
On a final note, the idiot bassist conformed to the health code and instead of playing barefoot, which is the preferred method, he debuted some sweet toe socks, that he reported felt good, but also did not violate any standard restaurant procedures.
Til next time, thanks for reading