11 May 2010

WATCH: M Iafrate live in Parkersburg, 2002

In March 2002, I booked a show at an all-ages coffeehouse venue in Parkersburg called Caffeine Kelli's. I believe the bill included FüD (Food), Better Off Dead (ex-The Warriors from Morgantown), The Pariah Prophecy and Mikey Iafrate. The show started off with a bang and less than 60 seconds into Better Off Dead's opening song - a cover of SS Decontrol's "Glue" - singer Ray Cheek let explode a bag of flour all over the stage. This didn't do much to please the co-owners of the venue who immediately ended the set and demanded the mess be cleaned. The rest of the show went more smoothly, and at some point Iafrate played this cover of Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" from the Top Gun soundtrack. It was just one of those nights - a subtly great performance nonetheless.

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