Luluc @ the Cincinnati Masonic Center (3/20/16)

Last weekend at around this time I headed off to see one of my favorite bands perform a concert in the most mysterious building in town.  Yes, I went to see Luluc play at the Cincinnati Masonic Center (a building I’ve wanted to see the inside of for almost 20 years).  I drove downtown, found my usual parking space on Sentinel, and then got in the long line outside the building.

cincinnati masonic center (exterior)

I eventually got in and found a good seat in the auditorium.  I was at the end of the aisle up near the front and had a clear, unimpeded view of the stage.  Luluc came on at 7:30.  Some New York radio DJ interviewed them for a couple minutes and then they began their set.

Luluc was just as good as I remembered them and sounded great in the large auditorium.  The audience was quiet during the performance and generous with the between-song cheering.  Unfortunately, Luluc was the first of three performers on the bill, so they were only able to play an eight song, 40 minute set.  They performed seven songs from Passerby (my #1 album of 2014) and “Little Suitcase” from Dear Hamlyn.  The whole set was wonderful, but the highlights for me were “Reverie on Norfolk,” “Small Window,” and “Tangled Heart”.

Here’s the setlist:

Setlist: Winter Is Passing / Reverie on Norfolk / Little Suitcase / Without a Face / Small Window / Senja / Tangled Heart / Star

luluc


The next performer was Sam Amidon.  I listened to two of his songs, but it soon became apparent that the building was more interesting than he was.  I got up to wander around.  The first thing I saw out in the main hall was a confounded-looking usher eyeing a fresh splatter of pungent vomit soaking into the masonic carpet.  I sidestepped that and explored the parts of the building open to the public.  It’s a splendid place that seemed like a combination of a labyrinth and the Nazi castle from Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade.

I later headed back toward the auditorium to catch the first song of the Punch Brothers’ headlining performance.  I lost my taste for it almost immediately when a green-faced hipster wannabe walked by and proceeded to collapse to his knees and vomit a watery puke all over the carpet.  He went on and on and on.  Whatever the Punch Brothers were doing onstage couldn’t drown out the sound of the vomit splashes playing on repeat in my mind.  I went home and watched Elementary.


Bonus interior shots!

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12 Responses to Luluc @ the Cincinnati Masonic Center (3/20/16)

  1. homebody says:

    Glad you were able to enjoy Luluc before the puke incidents began.

  2. crankypants says:

    I never heard of Luluc but I’d like to read Vomit Boy’s review of the Punch Brothers. Sorry he ruined it for you….

    • M-----l says:

      Based on what little I saw of the Punch Brothers, I probably wouldn’t have stuck around for their full set anyway. Vomit Boy just encouraged me to leave a little earlier than I otherwise would have.

      (I’d write up VB’s review right here in the comments, but I’m feeling decidedly uncreative this morning.)

  3. Paul Thie says:

    any pictures of interior crypto-egyptian symbols? Also, I would have clicked “LIKE” but I don’t like vomit not even the word vomit. In the future please minimize your use of the word vomit.

  4. Vishy says:

    So jealous that you got to watch Luluc performing again. I remember you raving about ‘Little Hamlyn’. I hope to listen to that album one of these days. Sad to know that things didn’t go well after the Luluc performance. Nice pictures. That building looks really beautiful.

    • M-----l says:

      I don’t remember what I’ve said in the past, but I now consider Passerby to be my favorite Luluc album. Both are really good, though.

      It was nice to see the band again…even with all the post-performance issues.

      • Vishy says:

        Well, I will also add ‘Passerby’ to my ‘To listen’ list then. If you feel it is better than ‘Dear Hamlyn’, then it must be amazing. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

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