Unfortunately with the sheer amount of shows I shoot, it’s a very rare one that I am actually looking forward to seeing. Add the fact that my wife wanted to see the band as well and this show had epic written all over it (at least for me). The band did not disappoint. They sounded fantastic and the best part of the night is Club Cafe took away the annoying tables so there was plenty of room to hang making it a contender for one of the best shows of the year! More photos here.

For awhile there it seemed like the Heartless Bastards were never going to come to town after their excellent show at Club Cafe in 2007. Now it seems that they can’t stay away, sailing through as openers for The Gaslight Anthem, Jenny Lewis, and The Decemberists in one year. I am assuming personnel changes within the band and Erika’s personal life caused the downtime. The new album wasn’t thrilling me anyway but seeing them as a beefed up four piece really enhances the songs and they were great.