Over the weekend I was fortunate to see Shonen Knife at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey. They are one of my favorite groups but this was the first time that I saw them in concert. I can hardly believe that they have been around for 30 years (!!!)
Shonen Knife just released their new album PopTune and they played several songs from it which sounded fantastic. They also played Rock and Roll High School from their Ramones Tribute album Osaka Ramones. Their show was incredibly high energy and fun.
Maxwell’s is one of my favorite places to see a show because the room is so small. I was able to get really close to the stage and was able to get a lot of iPhone photos. I had a flood of memories of some of the shows that I had seen there, including Los Straitjackets, the Fleshtones, and Robyn Hitchcock. Back in the 90’s when Hoboken had a flourishing art scene I had exhibited my paintings in the restaurant area. I’ve heard that it has one of the best jukeboxes around, even though I didn’t get to check it out on this visit.
A special thanks to Tracey and Bill for making the night even more fun and memorable!