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Sunday, April 10, 2011 03:59 pm

Tsunami Relief at Bar None: Right Now!

Midafternoon on a Sunday at Bar None isn’t exactly the time and place you expect to encounter a rock show, but that’s just what Tom Irwin has decided to pull out of his back pocket today. A makeshift “power trio” (Irwin on bass, local percussion legend Timothy M. “Grumpy” Harte on drums, and Tom’s guitar-slinging son Owen Irwin on 6-string duty) plows gamely through a brief selection of songs, bringing to mind Tom’s ‘80s heyday fronting minimalist power pop bands Condition 90 and The Strand. The set today unexpectedly includes a pair of resurrected chestnuts from that era, the evocatively (if coincidentally) color-coded “White City” and “Blue Shirt.” Irwin’s rocked-up antics are just part of an all-day benefit concert raising money for the American Red Cross to help victims of the recent Japanese tsunami. The show is still going strong as I post this blog, with sets still upcoming from Frantic Sky, Rhythm Spirit, Lazer Dudes, the either appropriately or inappropriately monikered Go! Tsunami (you make the call), Cabin Fever and LowPhatt. The door charge is only $5.00, with raffles and other events ongoing throughout the day. So what exactly are you waiting for?
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