Ponderosa, Vintage Vinyl, 07/29/12 St. Louis, MO
Words/Photos/Video By BeezNutz
This year my birthday fell on a lazy Sunday summer afternoon. My girlfriend and I decided to make the most of the beautiful day and head down to Vintage Vinyl for some free music. We arrived early and walked the block stopping in for some frozen drinks to ease our summer walk.
We got to Vintage Vinyl a bit early and made sure to say hello to the always friendly staff. They gave me a free record for my birthday. We made our way to the front to watch the 5 piece band from Atlanta, GA finish their sound check. A few minutes past 4 P.M, they gave the signal, and the announcement was made to start the show. They opened the set with ” Never Come Back ” which is the fourth track on the new cd.
I knew by the end of the first song that this would be one of my favorite instore performances of the year. Ponderosa was on the road promoting the new record ” Pool Party ” on New West Records. ” Black Hill Smoke ” was a great song to hear live they sounded great. The official release date for the record was 7/31/12, but if you came to a show you could get it early. As a bonus they included one of the coolest posters I have ever seen.
I was very much enjoying the show, and my girlfriend shared in my excitement. We both had different ” favorite ” songs which was fun. Her favorite was the title track ” Pool Party “, which is another awesome track on the new cd.
Taking the time to chat up the crowd in between songs, they said they were in love with the Indian food up the street. Not everyone was having a smooth visit though, drummer Darren got stung by a wasp and kept joking that he didn’t know if he was allergic or not.
After 30 minutes of exciting new music, they ended their set with the lead single ” Navajo “. This was my favorite song of the set, with the opening song being a close second. They really put on a very enjoyable performance.
After the set I went up and bought both the new album, and the debut album. They were such great guys and very nice to chat with. I asked about the name Ponderosa and singer Kalen told me ” It was after this gang at our high school called the Rosa Boys ” he remarked they were the ” baddest dudes around” and I thought they were named after a steakhouse. We told them we would try and make it out to their show that night. Sadly for us, after I had my birthday dinner we were late to the show. We got to the show at 9 p.m but was told at the door that the opener had canceled and the show started and ended early. It was very disappointing to say the least. We felt horrible for missing that, but very lucky to have caught the afternoon show. I can’t wait to see Ponderosa come back. Go check out ” Pool Party ” and support some great people.
THANKS TO: Vintage Vinyl, Ponderosa, New West Records, and everyone reading and sharing this. Thank you!
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Till Next Time….. Bzntz