As planned, we went out to see Cracker play a free noontime concert on Friday - and I've got the blurry picture to prove it.
That's David Lowery, lead singer for Cracker (and for Camper Van Beethoven, too) and in this shot he's answering a question during the interview section of the concert.
Like the CVB concert I saw back in '05, the Cracker concert was pretty loud. The missus and the boys picked me up at work and we all headed over to WXPN early enough to get right up next to the stage. Probably a little too close to the stage - the four-year-old (who's been battling swimmer's ear) and I ended up moving to the back of the room about half-way through.
The band played for about forty minutes and split the setlist evenly between old favorites and new stuff. The new stuff, from their just-released Greenland, was instantly catchy and very much in the spirit of early Cracker.
At the missus' urging, we picked up a copy of the new disc on the way out. We couldn't stick around for the meet-and-greet to get it signed (I had to get back to work), but we've been listening to the cd and it sounds pretty good - all four of us already have our favorites and have been humming them all weekend.
My favorite shot from the concert was a little sign on the easel that was holding up Lowery's laptop (are Apple ones called laptops?), which I guess he was using for help with some not-yet-memorized lyrics. It's actually a Camper-related sticker, but I still think it's pretty funny. [Click on the image to enlarge and turn your monitor over to read it right-side-up.]