by Mr. Wonka
Brooklyn, New York
June 18, 2003
"Watch, all they’re going to play are a bunch of Bob Marley cover songs," I said to my friend. Ha ha. After finding the bar at its beautiful waterfront location under the bridge, we grabbed a table on the outdoor deck for a fantastic evening view of downtown. We each had a bottle of Kokanne beer for C$5.25 as we waited for the band to take the stage, and basically just unwound from a long day of hiking. And then, just as we finished our drinks, Dub Freque struck up a slow reggae beat.
Wait, stop, you’re not opening with a cover song, are you? Ugh, bad start. And then, like the Energizer Bunny, they kept going . . . and going . . . and going. Just like I had joked, they went into a slew of Bob Marley songs, pleasing the mostly white college-aged crowd. I had really hoped to see an authentic reggae band playing 95% original material, but it wasn’t to be. To combat our boredom, my friend and I had to dump some quarters into the nearby pool table and shoot a few games before jetting. From this vantage point, we got to see all the noodle dancing going on, which was actually pretty entertaining.
Though we didn’t luck out as far as our music choice went, the bar was still very cool and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to check it out. I’m sure that on a regular night, it’s a very chill place to kick back and have a few drinks, and I’m positive that Dub Freque won’t play every night.
From journal ". . .and then the clouds lifted"