Party! Party! Party! Day 2: Asbury Lanes and My Birthday! 4-22-10

We rock. That is all.

We rock. That is all.

After an epic start to the tour at Arlene’s Grocery, we headed down to Asbury Park for the next show at Asbury Lanes. I have to say that in hindsight, I think the Arlene’s show was probably my favorite. Both bands had something to prove. I felt like a proud mama hen watching my boys that night. These Honah Lee boys work so unbelievably hard week after week after week after week, writing, playing, rehearsing and then rehearsing some more. It was nice to see all those practices and late weeknights start to pay off with tours like this one.

Anyway, one of my birthday wishes for this milestone birthday was to have an actual birthday show. No, not just “be” at a show on my birthday, blah blah blah. No, I wanted to actually have the show BE my birthday party.  I’ve been living with/dating a musician for a very long time now, and have never had the pleasure of having a birthday show. Well, this year, for the big 3-0, after a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle “hinting,” I got my wish.

The show was scheduled to be at Asbury Lanes, which is one of my all-time favorite venues. First of all it’s right on the beach, and I love the beach (in particular Asbury Park), and second of all, it’s just a really cool spot with a funky interior and awesome people – and an excellent snack bar with cheap snacks. It’s a bowling alley that’s been converted to a bar/concert venue. You can still totally bowl while the bands play – there are lanes on either side of the stage that still work. The middle 3 or 4 lanes have been converted to the stage. It’s freaking awesome. If we lived closer I think I’d become a regular for sure.

Before heading down to Asbury, during the afternoon Jim and I went out to lunch with my parents to celebrate my birthday. It was lovely. Mid-lunch my phone started ringing off the hook. I pushed it to “silent” to enjoy lunch and not be disturbed but the amount of times it was ringing was telling me I should pick up. And I’m glad I did. I snatched the phone up and headed outside to get the call.

“Guess what,” said the voice on the other end (it was Rachel K – one of my homegirls and also one half of the Cobras tour managers).

“What??” I said.

“Honah Lee and Cobras are opening for FOXBORO HOT TUBS tomorrow night at Don Hill’s in NYC!!”

Honestly, I couldn’t have gotten a BETTER birthday present. I just about dropped my blackberry.

“Say that one more time,” I said.

“Honah Lee and Cobras are opening for FOXBORO HOT TUBS TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!”


Commence perma-smile.

I literally skipped back into the restaurant and told Jim and my family the good news. I could barely stop smiling. Not only do I get a birthday show on my birthday, but the very next day MY BOYS would be opening for FOXBORO EFFING HOT TUBS. Which, in case you don’t know, is a side project of… wait for it… GREEN DAY.  Did I just die and go to heaven? I think I did.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Slow it down, Lawlor.

The Asbury show began, middled and ended with a blur, and I’ll be brutally honest: I don’t remember much of this night. I had my camera with me for most of the evening in between drinks and shots and drinks and shots and drinks and… oh my. However, when Honah Lee came on I thought I’d just be a spectator and enjoy the show. The lovely Baby Cobra was nice enough to take the camera from me and take some pictures while I rocked the hell out. Her photos are credited in the gallery below, and she did a killer job! I will say this: I’m glad I had the final edit on these, because, um, yeah… there were some shots in there that nobody needed to see. Especially not me. Goodness, gracious, I was a hot mess. But I have an excuse: it was my birthday, nanny nanny, froo froo.

For this night, The Mystic Knights of the Cobra played first. The ladies climbed the speakers, walked the lanes, and got the crowd moving. It. was. awesome. One of my favorite images from the whole tour came from this show. That’s the large one you see above. Love it!

Honah Lee closed the show and that’s about all I can remember. I do recall doing the photo shoot with the Cobra ladies with Aaron, and then taking and being in some of the group shots. I remember Liz betting me she could jump off the wood block and click her heels (see those photos in sequence… I managed to catch beer in mid-spill), but thaaaat’s about it. Get the hook or bang the gong because this girl’s show was overrrrrrr.

I woke up the next morning still in my clothes from the night before, wearing Jim’s flannel shirt on top of it all. The stories that I heard the next day cracked me up and I am sad to have missed all of the disco-ball snatching and general ruckus-causing fun. Apparently I did hang for a while at the hotel (we stayed at the newly renovated Berkeley, thumbs up!), but what we did I cannot tell you. I can say this: I know we had a good time. That I can say.

There is an absolute crap-ton of photos from this show. I tried to edit them down, really, I did. Here’s a HUGE set of greatest hits from the night.

NEXT UP: DAY 3 and the show at Don Hill’s in NYC! WOO!!

2 Responses to “Party! Party! Party! Day 2: Asbury Lanes and My Birthday! 4-22-10”

  1. Tanya says:

    Man, I so wish I could have been there this night, but you know, I was watching some other band in NYC play at the St. James… but I you guys are awesomer! 🙂 If that was a word. Excellent pics, as always, Michelle!

  2. Emily says:

    Awesome. thanks for sharing. If it’s any consolation, I don’t remember asbury park either and I think I passed out VERY early unfortunately. good times tho. xo