Travel Memory: Andrew W.K. concert in Vancouver

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As a huge music fan and budget traveler, one of my favorite things to do in big cities is look for in-store performances, where bands play free shows in local record stores to promote their music. I’ve seen Iron & Wine at Amoeba Records in L.A., the Duchess & the Duke at Reckless in Chicago, and Carbon Leaf at Easy Street in Seattle.

A couple years ago, I found myself with time to kill in Vancouver and checked the local weekly to see if anything was going on. Amazingly, there was a late-afternoon free concert at Neptoon Records by Andrew W.K., who was the original party rocker long before LMFAO came around. Joining Andrew were the Evaporators, a punk band led by the endearing weirdo known as Nardwuar.

I got there early, which proved to be a smart move, as the place filled up beyond capacity, which was only 150 people at most. A large group of people got stuck outside.

Neptoon Records

Once the show began, Nardwuar and Andrew WK delivered an awesome collection of rabid two-minute songs. Nardwuar decided to crowd surf, which in the small store put him perilously close to the ceiling. Gotta love those punk rockers, living on the edge!

nardwaur

Andrew WK is the genius behind hits like “I Love NYC” and “Party Hard.” He had everyone in the crowd pumping their fists and shouting along.

andrew wk

What can you do at 4 pm on a Tuesday that would be more fun than this? This concert is my endearing memory of Vancouver.

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

10 comments on “Travel Memory: Andrew W.K. concert in Vancouver

  1. Jealous about the Iron & Wine show.

    We learned that the Easy Street records in West Seattle (which just happens to be 1 block from our place) hosted Silversun Pickups just days before we returned home from Croatia. They happen to be one of our all time favorite bands, so I could not be more bummed to have missed them.

    BTW – Have you seen the ridiculous line-ups for some of the big festivals?! Some concert in Spain has Bjork and The Cure headlining. BJORK AND THE CURE AT ONE SHOW! Coachella has Radiohead, Bon Iver, The Shins and the Weeknd. Jane’s Addiction at Bumbershoot… It makes me almost reconsider my distain for festival concerts! 🙂
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