Brian Vander Ark Meets the Best Ribs in Raleigh
But since I did have some food, and I was very impressed, I'll talk about it first. I actually already haddinner this evening - cajun baked tilapia, steamed brocolli and a small serving of leftover macronia salad - so I wasn't real hungry. But this was a cool looking restaurant that specializes in all things barbequed, and since I'm a lover of ribs, I couldn't resist.
Since I'm low-carbing, and I didn't want to totally blow it, I did manage to avoid the basket of fresh hushpuppies placed on our table shortly after we sat down. I probably would've eaten all of them. Anyway, I ordered an appetizer plate of ribs, and that was it. Well, that and a couple shots of Patron Tequila). The ribs were awesome - easily the best I've had around here! I had some of Karen's cole slaw too, it was pretty good. I look forward to eating at Hideaway BBQ sometime, although it's up on the north side of Raleigh off Capital, a good half hour drive, and we don't get up there much.
Now, onto the show.
As I said, Brian Vander Ark was performing, along with his musical friend Randy Sly on the digital piano. His lovely wife Lux and his 20 month old daughter were there too, mostly hanging out in the Airstream parked outside.
The crowd was small, but the sound was fantastic. I mean REALLY good. Brian played a bunch of songs from his two studio albums, and at my request he played "Out Like A Lamb" from Pop Smear (The Verve Pipe's second album). He also played "Whiter Shade of Pale" and Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road", which I personally think Brian sings better, but then I've never been a big Springsteen fan. Thunder Road is a great song though. He also played "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", and the original lyrical version of "Local Boys Done Good" from Underneath. I can see why the record label made him change the lyrics, although when I asked him why they bothered to ask him to change the lyrics when they (the label) had no intention of marketing the album...well, Brian said "Good Question!"
Really enjoyed the show as always, and we might go see him Saturday (May 5) at The Laundro-Lounge in historic downtown Wilmington. (Those of you who aren't familiar with the area, I think we're required by law to use the word "historic" whenever referring to downtown Wilm... er.. historic Downtown WIlmington)
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