Drink Up Buttercup's performance at the Trophy Bar at the Hooves on the Turf showcase for the Northside Festival just blew me away. The Drunken barbershop quartet proceeded with full tilt acoustic gusto. The diaphragms of all three vocalists were in working order, enough to project across the packed bar space. With only one instrument mic for the guitar available their loud and passionate harmonies rose above aggressive percussion and the plugged in Casio. Drink Up Buttercup's spirited set was the kind of commotion needed late in afternoon.
Guilty as charged I contributed to the first round of drinks and there were too many that followed within the set. But the band put on a spectacular show and somehow had enough energy to be whisked away in their van to do a video for L magazine. When I asked Simon their manager where they were going he said, "to North Sex" in his very thick Irish brogue. At the time it all made good sense. I guess I was just too aroused to realize they were off to North Sixth Street.