Video: Lucas Harvey / Recap: Joseph Hayes
The Eagle, with its Zeitgeist-meets-Bottom of the Hill vibe (albeit with a giant horseshoe bar stamped in middle of the main space) is probably the quintessential venue for Extra Action Marching Band to get their freak parade on and open Mission Creek Festival, as they traditionally do. They took full advantage of every nook and cranny of the place, leaving a friendly swaying mob negotiating inches between themselves, thonged members of EAMB’s dance troupe, tubas, trumpets and perfectly maddening swirls of megaphone from their conductor. Inevitably, the band’s troupe took up real estate on the bar as the Eagle’s staff and various members of the band periodically sprayed the sticky crowd with water.
Before EAMB infiltrated the venue, San Francisco’s performance artist/interpretive club-dancing troupe Borts Minorts made quick in lighting up the crowd with their blend of a high school drama production-on-acid as imagined by the creators of Night at the Roxbury. If you have yet to catch wind of this act, it’s a must see — laughter-induced wrenching of the stomach is likely. It looks as if they’re playing a few shows in June and July, so hit up their MySpace page here.
You can check out a video of Borts Minorts perfomance here.
Earlier in the evening, The Dead Hensons whetted our appetite with their closer “Riverbottom Nightmare Band” (a cover from Jim Henson’s lesser known cult Christmas classic, “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas”). We wished we had caught more the self-described “World’s Greatest Muppet Band”, but we’ll look out for them in the near future. Surely, Jim Henson would have been proud.