Concert Review: Did X Mark the Spot.. or Did Jane?

Friday, August 24th was the night of the 3rd Harbour Productions concert during the summer of 2018 at Wien's Family Cellars. The partnership of this venue and promoter has being going on for many years and it just keeps getting better each year.

In addition to raising many thousands of dollars for local charities (this week was all about "The Unforgettables"),  these two have proven to be the concert promoter- venue relationship in the Temecula Valley.

This night may have been the first time that there were actually 4 acts on the bill. The Garage Sale Monsters opened the show with a surprising dark, but very entertaining set. The Forty Nineteens, who are veterans of these kinds of shows performing many times, gave their usual high energy set like you would have seen from a band like the Replacements.

Jumping ahead to the headliner... the all original lineup of X certainly didn't disappoint (although many wonder why they didn't play "4th of July"). The band seemed to focus on much of their earliest music like "Los Angeles" "White Girl" and "Nausea" and my personal favorite "The Have Nots", but also great version of songs like "More Fun in the New World" and "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts". Billy Zoom's health issues denied him his use split leg stance, but as he sat and played meticulously, he still had the historical grin while playing. John Doe seems to never tire of playing the bass as agressively as ever and the vocal he shared with Excene were vintage X. For a band that has been performing for 40 years...they all played  and sang like band who still loved playing every song live.

The big surprise of the night was the 3rd band in the lineup: Electrodomestico. This is the latest in many side projects headed up by principle songwriter and leader of the Go-Go's, Jane Wiedlin. This band was fun, played extremely tight, and Jane ignited the crowd with a couple of her Go-Go's songs like "This Town" and "Our Lips Are Sealed" Jane looked great, played, great, and sang great. She continues to be a music force to pay attention to.

Below are photos of this great summer night of fund raising for charity and music...and if you are not familiar with Electrodomstico yet, I've also included one of their song videos as well...enjoy!

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