Friends, Fun, and Music at the Black Cat: a Birthday Bash Wrap-Up

Whew! That was FUN! Thanks to everyone who made it to the Black Cat Bar in City Heights last night to celebrate my birthday. As I always say about this type of thing, the occasion is ostensibly a birthday celebration, but my favorite part of these hangs is simply getting n mix of good people together for a fun time.

We started the evening early since it was a school night. Mick Rossler a.k.a. DJ Vegemite (Tower Bar/Til Two Club) was the evening's DJ, and he quickly switched hats when the 105ers hit the stage at 6:00. The 105ers feature Mick on guitar, Matt Parker (Bartenders Bible and proprietor of the Black Cat, which is one of my favorite Southern California spots) on bass, and Yours Truly on drums. As friends, the three of us have gotten together to play music and chew the fat for some time now, but this was our first gig. Needless to say, it was a blast, and I'm including video footage of one of the surf classics we cover here.

After our set, my friends in the Department of Descriptive Services from L.A. graced the stage with another brilliant performance. There's really not a lot I can say about this group that I haven't already said and written.  I find myself talking to people about this duo as often as I can, so it was quite special to me that they braved the traffic from L.A. to join us for the party. I'm already looking forward to catching them live again soon, but in the meantime, here is footage of them performing "Public Pool."

Finally, my beloved Poontang Clam rounded out the evening of live bands. Although I occassionaly hear provocative and bold statements that I might have a rival in the biggest Poontang Clam fan department, I find such claims dubious. In any case, not only did the band rock my socks off again, I had the privilege of sitting in with them for the last song, Blitz's "I Don't Need You."  

Tearing it up with Pointing Clam! Photo courtesy Ashley Montoya

Tearing it up with Pointing Clam! Photo courtesy Ashley Montoya

But the fun didn't stop there -- oh no. On the contrary, the entire evening was a blast. It was  special seeing so many friends under the same roof. The San Diego music scene was definitely repping last night, with Gary Wilson, Lady Dottie, and members of Two Wolves, SchitzophonicsBhorelordE, Ghetto Blaster, Kodiak, Uncle Joe's Big Ol' DriverWestside Inflection, Gone Baby GoneMadly, and many others in the house. Gary even brought me his legendary album, "You Think You Really Know Me," on vinyl as a present, which pretty much made my year.

Gary and me with an album that only inspired slackers like Beck, the Residents, the Roots, and more. Photobomb courtesy of rennaisance woman  Bethany J.

Gary and me with an album that only inspired slackers like Beck, the Residents, the Roots, and more. Photobomb courtesy of rennaisance woman  Bethany J.

My friend Ashley Montoya never ceases to amaze me with her talents, and yesterday was no exception. Her ABBA-themed birthday cake actually did take the cake. A picture is worth a thousand words, so feast your eyes on this masterpiece.

Now that's a cake!

Now that's a cake!

Why stop at one awesome cake when you can have two, though? Christina Hankins brought it big-time with a Hello Kitty-themed cake (Hello Kitty plays a substantial role in my life, so it was a  fantastic artistic decision on Miss Hankins' part). 

Ashley and Christina presenting their masterpieces!

Ashley and Christina presenting their masterpieces!

I am so grateful to live in a community of creative, warm, and dynamic people like this, and last night was just fantastic, so thank you all! See you all next year, and about a million times between now and then!