When I heard about this gig through the Salt Lake grape vine, I cleared all obstacles live or dead to attend. On January 31, I had the opportunity to interview Kid Congo Powers before he kicked off his West Coast tour. I learned quite a bit through this interview, which not only not only cemented my commitment to attend the gig, but also inspired a personal respect for Powers. As a rock n’ roller, I took to heart his reflections on the subjects of rock n’ roll, the importance of records and identifying with subcultures. This is probably why I showed up wide-eyed at 8 p.m. to a more or less empty bar. I quickly found out that the festivities did not start for another hour and a half. With nothing to do, I occupied a stool and became the leather jacketed fly on the wall getting jazzed up on an Irish coffee.
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