Last Night: The Frankie 45 Memorial Concert at Club Dada
January 6, 2011
Better than: a traditional funeral -- so much better.
|Frankie 45's motorcycle was set up as a memorial outside Club Dada last night for all to see.|
They wanted the mood to be celebratory, not somber. They wanted a killer show. They wanted the bands, as Spector 45 bassist Adam Carter put it before the night's events, "to bring the motherfucking bad."
They got what they asked for.
|The Barry Kooda Combo's guitarist's hand started bleeding halfway through his set. He continued playing without skipping a beat.|
|Spector 45's Adam Carter joined the Double Downs on stage last night.|
There were still, of course, tender moments. From behind the microphone, bands shared stories and memories, as well as their motives behind certain elements of their performances on this evening. The Marfalites, for instance, played songs Frankie had told them were his favorite of theirs. And The Phuss' Josh Fleming performed in a banana suit as an homage to the time Frankie showed up at one of his gigs, moshing around in the same costume.
Crowds, meanwhile, gathered in bunches, sharing their own memories of Frankie and, overall, just showcasing an immense amount of support -- for one another, for Frankie, for the Campagna family and for Deep Ellum. numbering somewhere around 1,000 attendees when all was said and done. They were a gracious, cordial bunch. A prime example of that: Perhaps the most cordial circle pit ever seen, as fans young and old moshed in front of the stage to everything from Johnny Cash covers and Nervebreakers classics, falling over one another as they did -- and then again falling as they rushed over to help those who had fallen get back on their feet.
|After a moment of silence, motorcyclists from around the region honored Frankie with a 45-second engine roar.|
There, too, were touching tributes from Frankie's closest friends and family members -- from Spector 45 drummer and co-founder Animal Anthony, from Frankie's little sister Amber, and from Frank Sr. The crowds listened on with both respectful silence and supportive roars as these three speeches shared fond memories and implored those in the audience to cherish their friends and to celebrate them while they're still alive.
It was a great night overall -- for memorializing Frankie, for celebrating Dallas punk rock and for supporting a once-again-close-knit Deep Ellum -- albeit one spurred on by unfortunate circumstances.
And, for this writer at least, it was exactly what was needed.
We'll miss you, Frankie.
Personal Bias: This explains it, I think.
Random Note: The fire marshal indeed stopped by for a moment last night, peeking through Dada's windows at the probably-past-capacity turnout, before leaving the scene without any write-ups.
By The Way: Lost in all this is the fact that Club Dada opened its doors last night, revealing its latest incarnation and new renovations. The place looked beautiful. Congratulations to the new ownership on a hugely successful opening night.
|Frank Campagna Sr. has shown some incredible strength throughout this tough time.|