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The Great Gig in the Shire

July 29, 2009
The Drawers' 10KLF stage, made entirely of dirt, dead leaves, and mosquitos.  The bucolic calm before the Atomic Storm.

The Drawers' 10KLF stage, made entirely of dirt, dead leaves, and mosquitos. The bucolic calm before the Atomic Storm.

Atomic Drawers took the monumental step of playing a major summer camping festival last week.

On the bill with bands like Widespread Panic, Wilco, Dave Mathers (or something like that) and countless additional very talented musicians, we finally got our big chance to show the world how freakin’ badass a Drawers show is.

Okay that’s not exactly what happened.  But technically, Atomic Drawers did go to the 10k Lakes Festival, as Billy and I were in attendance. And we did play the 10k Lakes Festival, because we did get out our guitars and perform for several lucky(?) festivalgoers. So there.

It was late, there was a campfire, and we had just seen Widespread Panic play. (Sure those punchy kids from Athens GA are difficult to follow, but we’re Atomic Drawers, for chrissakes.)

There were people with functioning ears and they heard us do it.  That, folks, is a show as far as we’re concerned.  Hell, there were more people there than at some of our gigs at Lincoln’s…

We played Where is My Mind,  Louisiana Highway One, I think, and maybe some other songs or portions of songs before losing interest and turning that loudass stereo back on.

Summer festivals are a great way for Atomic Drawers to get out of our normal routine, see the country, and enjoy nature. And damn, did we enjoy nature.

Major thanks to our corporate sponsors Nick and Anna at Coors Beer, and to John, Shanna, Bud, Michelle, Molly, Brooks, Jim, and the people from the campsite down the hill who listened to us, either by choice or otherwise.

We are back in Denver, ready for The Seventh Annual Denver Catfish Festival, and are looking forward to the onset of fall. 

See y’all soon.

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