South Florida Showcase: Luda, Toubab and Chuck Shaffer

5 Feb

Addam and I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing too many shows since we moved to Miami about two years ago, but the ones we have seen have been more than memorable. The most noteworthy of which I’m about to recap in this post.

Since leaving Athens, Ohio after Christmas, Addam and I have seen three shows in Miami. As we are about to head out for another one next week, I thought now would be a good time to update everyone on our South Florida happenings. Trust me when I say that while the list may start strong, it only gets better.

Dec. 31, 2011: Ludacris v. Mike Posner

On New Years night Addam and I joined our good friends John and Tati for a Ludacris/Mike Posner show at Bayfront Park. Addam met up with John and Tati following his shift at Red Lobster, and I caught the bus as they made their way downtown. It was incredibly crowded, but we made it to the main stage just as the show was starting.

The show was set up like a battle, with Ludacris and Mike Posner playing on opposite sides of the crowd. They took turns sounding off, and although I may be biased, I don’t think there is any doubt that Luda won. He performed such classics as “My Chick Bad,” “Yeah!” and “Area Codes.”

At one point both sides brought out special guests. While I wasn’t terribly impressed with his set, Posner brought out the entire University of Miami drum line for “Cooler Than Me,” which I thought was a nice homage to the area. Luda brought out Luther ‘Uncle Luke’ Campbell, who ran for mayor following the recall of Carlos Alvarez on the platform that the county tax strippers and offer incentives to single mothers. I wasn’t very familiar with Campbell’s music, but I thought he was a good choice for the orange drop.

The show ended right before midnight and was followed by some epic fireworks. Check out the clip Addam edited for a closer look.

Addam had to work the next day, so we tried to head home immediately following the show. Unfortunately, the buses weren’t running and we couldn’t find a cab willing to take us back to Little Haiti until the crowd disbursed. John, Tati, Addam and I walked about 15 blocks to the closest Checkers and filled up on fast food until we could find a safe ride back to the hood.

Jan. 7, 2012: Toubab Krewe & Umphrey’s McGee

Even though we probably should have used the next weekend to catch up on some much-needed rest, Addam and I decided that we can sleep when we’re dead and felt that it was much more important to check out Toubab Krewe at Revolution in Fort Lauderdale.

Toubab was opening for Umphrey’s McGee, who we’ve seen many times on the festi circuit but never in an actual concert hall. The show was held to kick off the 2012 Jam Cruise, which Addam and I weren’t lucky enough to attend.

We’d never been to Fort Lauderdale, but even though it took two buses to get there, the trip wasn’t that bad. It was a long ride and we were sure we were going to be late, but we somehow managed to make it in time to find a spot near the front of the stage.

As much as I loved both acts, Toubab took the top prize with their renditions  of “Cluck Old Hen” and Nirvana’s “My Girl.”   I included videos Addam edited of both acts and encourage everyone to take a look. Not many people have heard of Toubab, but many could benefit from an introduction.

Fort Lauderdale’s buses weren’t running by the time the show let out, so Addam and I took a cab to Aventura Mall, which was about half-way home. We took the 3 bus back to the apartment, grabbed some eats and went to bed. As sad as we were to see the night come to a close, we’re seeing Toubab again next weekend, so it won’t be long before we’re jamming out to one of our favorite bands once again.

Jan. 28, 2012: The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show

Rounding out our month of great shows was The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show — featuring the vocal stylings of our very own Ryan Johnson.

Ryan has been a big part of our family for about two years now, and while Addam and I have heard him play many a time, we’ve never actually been out to a show featuring the entire band. When we heard that they were going to be playing in Hollywood we knew that hell or high water wouldn’t keep us from the show. Good thing…

After taking two buses Addam and I arrived at the Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel and Casino around 8 p.m. We quickly said hello to the boys (Davey Stiefel on bass and Pat Kenney on drums) and then made ourselves scarce so they could finish setting up.

Addam grabbed a cheesesteak from the casino food court, where a very nice lady offered us her leftover food ticket. We then headed over to a bar at a Mexican restaurant near the stage for a quick drink, before making our way to Hooters. I’d never eaten there and have been wanting to try them out, but their drink specials were on point. Addam got a pitcher of beer while I made my way through a couple of margaritas.

After some drinks the husband and I decided to hit up the casino for some 2 cent slots. By that point Ryan was trying to reach us, so after I grabbed some Chinese food with my meal ticket we made our way back to the main stage to chat up the guys.

Unfortunately — it started raining and event organizers called it a night before CSPS had a chance to take the stage. It was a huge bummer, as Addam and I have been wanting to see them for awhile now, but the band is never one to disappoint. After packing up their electrical equipment they pulled out the acoustics and played a show in the center of the plaza. We were joined by a couple of long-time Miami fans, and I have no doubt that they enjoyed the show as much as we did.

I shot some videos so that those who are less familiar with The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show can come to love them as much as I do. To find out more about the band, “like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter @cspsband, look them up on iTunes or create a station on Pandora.

After the boys wrapped up their set, Addam and our new friends headed to their tour van to pick up some much-needed merch. I don’t know how I haven’t picked up a CSPS shirt before now, but I definitely dressed it up for work the next day. (As much as I loved the teal shirts, I had to get a “small, black one.”)

The boys gave us a ride home from the show, during which Addam and I got to enjoy an exciting game of “would you rather.” If you’re not familiar with the game, participants are given two choices and must choose between one of the options. For example — would you rather the Patriots or the Giants win the Super Bowl? Would you rather have an extra eye in the center of your head or an extra baby arm sprouting out of your abdomen? Would you rather go a day without Perez Hilton or a month without The Novitiate? 😉

Back at the apartment we said goodbye to Ryan with the hope that we’ll see him again very soon. (Our luck has been pretty good lately. We saw him for the wedding in August, over the holidays in December and at the January show. Now if only we could make something work for March…)

It was a great month for music, and I can’t wait to see what the next will bring. We’re keeping our ears, and our options, open.

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley, writer (1894-1963).

One Response to “South Florida Showcase: Luda, Toubab and Chuck Shaffer”

  1. Moma February 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    enjoyed very much.

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