Gogol Bordello made In The Venue go absolutely wild last Monday! Photo: James Marcus Haney
I was in a hurry to get down to In the Venue—my friend had told me on the phone that they had already started letting people in and I wanted to get there in time to see the opening band. I hastily parked my car a block away from the venue and started walking toward the end of the line where my friend was holding a spot in line for me. He had been waiting for a while and told me that he heard nothing but good things coming from the fans in regards to Gogol’s shows and that he was even more pumped to see them. There were so many people in line, and also, considering how many people were already inside the venue, I knew that it was going to get crazy tonight. We had just about reached the door when I heard guitar making an upbeat rhythmic pattern then I heard the singer’s words: “Please tell me the way to the next whiskey bar. Oh, don’t ask why … Oh, don’t ask why.” I thought it was sweet and nostalgic for a band to be opening their set with a cover of The Doors’ “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)”—I hadn’t heard a Doors cover from any band I’ve seen live, and I loved the gypsy-sounding twist they had put into the classic tune.