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Summer Camp w/ The Parson Redheads, The Henry Clay People & Film School @ Little Radio, 7/6/08

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Yesterday, Little Radio's Summer Camp series Downtown continued with performances from local bands The Parson Redheads (MySpace), The Henry Clay People (MySpace), and Film School (MySpace).

This was a rather memorable appearance for The Henry Clay People for several reasons:

  • It was their first show at Little Radio.
  • It was guitarist Andy Ciara's birthday.
  • Frontman Joey Ciara vowed to put more people onstage than The Parson Redheads -- whose bandmember count can approach The Polyphonic Spree -- hence the support of frequent Henry Clay People collaborators I Make This Sound (MySpace) and Le Switch (MySpace), as well as friends, fans, and even a Parson Redhead -- which prompted to Ciara ask the audience, "Does having a Parson Redhead count?" -- towards the end of their set, which culiminated with a rousing cover of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World".
  • Several Henry Clay People bandmembers wound up inadvertantly tipping over the outdoor waterslide while on it, a Little Radio first.

Among those in attendance were bandmembers from The Movies (MySpace) -- with frontman Timothy James doubling as soundman, Radars To The Sky (MySpace), The Pity Party (MySpace), and Xu Xu Fang (MySpace), as well as local music bloggers Mouse from Classical Geek Theatre, Duke from You Set The Scene, and Kevin Bronson.

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As for upcoming shows, The Parson Redheads' are on July 31st at The Echo (MySpace), The Henry Clay People's are on July 17th at The Echo, August 9th at Detroit Bar (MySpace) in Costa Mesa, and August 24th at the Sunset Junction Street Festival (MySpace), and Film School's is on August 6th at Spaceland (MySpace) in Silver Lake.

Meanwhile, The Parson Redheads' frontman Evan Way will be part of a special show tomorrow night at Bordello (MySpace), co-presented by Web In Front and the aforementioned Classical Geek Theatre. As described by Mouse, "Top talent from LA local bands will be playing solo acoustic sets of songs you don't hear too often... we have Mikel Jollett (The Airborne Toxic Event), Andrew Spitser (Radars to the Sky), Tim James (The Movies), Sarah Negahdari (The Happy Hollows), and Evan Way (The Parson Redheads). Two of these singers will also be singing with each other's sets. Another one is bringing along a member of their band and another is actually playing an acoustic set with their whole band for at least part of the set. I won't tell you which is which, and there are sure to be other surprises in store. You can probably count on some outstanding covers (just a hunch) and unearthed songs from the musician's band's early days."

Special thanks to The Parson Redheads, The Henry Clay People, Film School, and Little Radio.