Mike Gordon at the Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA 11-10-10
Review and photos by thenaturalstoner
When I first planned my current week long vacation, I was excited by the thought of coming home and writing a great review about the Mike Gordon show at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle last night. Unfortunately things do not always go as planned, and I will have to shift my main focus towards the PACKED venue instead of the musical act in this write-up.
I hope last night was an abnormality, because things did not seem to be running very well by the Crocodile Cafe staff. Making people wait until after 9pm (lines were formed at 7pm in expectations of getting in) to get inside was just the start. The club was oversold by what felt like 100% and the crowd was in essence a pack of sardines. Minimal crowd dancing/involvement (due to lack of space), long lines at the bar and restrooms, and a general rudeness in the crowd made last night one to forget.
This is extremely unfortunate because the music on stage was great! Similar to the show two nights before in Portland, the band came out and had a great energy. The crowd was enjoying it as much as they could in the little space allotted, and Mike was taking leads and dropping bombs. Sadly many in the crowd, and most in my group, didn’t stay long enough to really enjoy it.
The first casualty in our group left after the 3rd song, and the others all followed, trickling out one after another. These aren’t casual music fans either, these folks go to lots of shows and enjoy good music, but the venue and crowd last night was unbearable. “I’ve had enough, had to bail” was a text message I got about 25 minutes into the show.
You know the feeling when you have an aisle seat and are always shifting your upper body to let folks around/through? Well it was like that continuously throughout the entire venue no matter where you went. There was no relief of sweaty bodies or any space to dance, even in the back. It was mainly this reason that my friends, and many others, left early.
Mikes two sets were terrific, but I can’t help but think back two nights to the Portland gig at the Aladdin Theatre, which seemed like a much better fit venue-wise for this kind of show. I left thinking how much I wished Mike had booked one of Seattles many Theatre venues instead of the Croc (which certainly has its place, but seemed like an odd pairing on this night). I can only imagine tonights show at the Wilma Theatre in Missoula will be of the “Great” variety instead of what we got last night, and hopefully the Crocodile Cafe will get some things figured out for the future. I firmly plan on going to another Croc show to compare and write another review and hope to have a blast!