On a very foggy night last friday, my friend Mary and I headed out to Tantallon to see a friend of mine and his band play. The band, The Sofa Kings, play once a month in this great little cafe called Train Station Bike & Bean.
Mary and I pulled into the busy parking lot, just as it was starting to get dark. The Bike & Bean is in an old converted train station and although they’ve brought it into the 21st century with the addition of a kitchen with modern appliances, for the most part it looks pretty authentic to me. When we walked in, I could hear the band playing they sounded great.
We quickly began joking around with the staff, Mary asking one of the guys, Jeff, if there was a cover charge (she was serious) and he was trying to get $20 bucks out of her for it, (quasi serious) it began what was going to continue to be a silly evening with this guy. We found some seats, close to the band and ordered.
In our little room (the whole place is broken down into little rooms) there was another couple, Brandon and Susan, who we then spent the night talking to. It turns out, what a small world, that Brandon and I have actually met before and are in the same industry, so geeking out about that was certainly in the cards.
The guys were amazing, there’s 3 of them that are part of the Sofa Kings and they in turn are part of a larger band, The Classics, who I’m looking forward to seeing in May. For 3 and a half hours, the guys played what had to be every song on the face of the earth, never taking a break and enjoying every minute of it. We were up dancing, requests were being thrown at them, and they were great, rolling with everything. They even rolled with the “Tiny Dancer” request from the drunk girls on the dance floor.
In the above picture you can see Jeff, he’s the one with out an instrument to the right of the frame.
At 1030 the band wrapped up the night with a beautiful version of “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney.
It was a great evening and I’m really looking forward to seeing them again….later this month back at the Bike & Bean and then in May…until then I guess I’m going to have to figure out some requests to shout out.
Dreaming big from the East Coast,