Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Fabulous Dialtones at the EndZone in Gaithersburg

Great turnout last night at the EndZone in Old Town Gaithersburg to see the Fabulous Dialtones. This a band that plays "Classic Rock for the New Millenium" as well as a few originals. They are fronted by Tony Bardo, who during the day is the Vice President of Government Sales where I work at Hughes Network Systems. Many of the musicians used to work together at MCI (thus the genesis of the name). 

Tony and his crew started off with a more acoustic set that included some very nice harmonizing on some CSNY tunes, then were joined by a 4 piece horn section and began to really rock the joint. Faithful renditions of many familiar classics that got the crowd off their seats an onto the dance floor. 

Earlier in the day I was listening to "Hell in a Bucket" by the Grateful Dead, which starts off with the line "I was drinking last night with a biker, and I showed him a picture of you". Last night's crowd was about 50/50 bikers and Hughes employees, and I think we showed those bikers a good picture of the old Hughes spirit (work hard/play hard), which seems to be too focused on the first half of that equation these days. 

Tony and the Fabulous Dialtones certainly helped us "enjoy the ride" last night and I look forward to seeing them again.

Final note to self, I'll have to keep an eye on the EndZone's live music calendar (you can see it here), I wished I had seen Jah Works there last week. We need more local live music.

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