Tuesday, August 16, 2011
blew our budget on a bordello
well, we blew the daily budget last night but totally worth it. that may have cost us another day on the road but we don't care. gogol bordello at "live arena" on the outskirts of vienna, in the rain after three other bands, still made us dance and smile. what a great show. several times, with people all around us jumping up and down in the mud, draped in free ponchos handed out by the venue, rain pouring down, and a revolution fomenting on stage we looked at each other in wonder and said "oh my god, we're in vienna."
this is the other end of the spectrum from the stately museums, the grand boulevards and the dudes in the altstadt dressed as mozart trying to sell you tickets to some schmaltzy viennese classical concert. these were people intent on having a great time, regardless of weather. it's a former slaughterhouse taken over by activists years ago and now presents some of the coolest music around. great vibe. happy place to blow a budget.