By the time I was about to introduce New Zealand's Fat Freddy's Drop, the place erupted in a thick cloud of cheer and smoke, and the ritual was underway. FFD exceeded every expectation in the room, and left a future memory on us all.
L to R: Ta'Raach, Joe Lindsay (FFD Trombonist), Aaron Byrd (KCRW), Jeremy Sole
...All this after losing their WHOLE TRAILER OF GEAR on the road down from San Francisco, only to backtrack a few miles to find that it had rolled off the side of a hill and shredded like tin foil on the intersection below. Every instrument case was demolished, but miraculously, the only instrument that was destroyed was the baritone sax. An expensive piece of gear, but they were grateful the rest was fine. They spent alot replacing all the cases, rented a few things, and made it to The Roxy in time to blow our little minds!