The Concert That Wasn’t
Kali-Ra front-man David Goad dropped by for an interview before heading over to Opolis to open for CHUD. After recording the interview, I headed to downtown to photograph the show, but not before receiving an invitation from Psychic Milk’s Justin Hogan (who also plays guitar for Kali Ra) to attend same — the Kamals, also opening for CHUD, had to cancel due to a medical emergency, and Psychic Milk would be subbing for them.
Arriving at the venue an hour after the doors were to have officially opened, I found the place dark and the doors locked. I wandered over to the adjacent hookah bar, thinking that Opolis had moved and I’d missed it. I was the 2nd person with the same question, and the bar manager assured me that Opolis was still located next door, and that he’d seen a van unloading equipment around back.
Strolling to the back, I ran into Justin, who told me that CHUD had also bailed — also for a medical emergency — so Opolis cancelled the show. In the meantime, a video crew from UCO, helmed by Zac Haigh, were interviewing Kali-Ra bassist Brian Daniel for a documentary about the band to be released next year.
I snapped a photo of Brian and Justin while the video crew paused to let a locomotive roll by. After that, David arrived with his wife, Alicia, who had been present for the interview earlier that evening. He apologized profusely for having brought me on a wild goose chase, even though it wasn’t his fault. David felt very bad about the prospect of other fans arriving to find a cancelled show, and thought perhaps he could Skype a performance to them later that evening.
I suggested we leave a note on Opolis’s door saying as much, so we walked to my MINI Cooper to grab a Moleskine notebook. After leaving a note to follow David on Facebook for news about the Skype concert, we retired to the Abner Ale House, where we debated large philosophical questions, talked of trivial things, and consumed beer.