Vivo - Fairfield, IA - 10/30/2010
Philip from Utopia Park got us on this show on extremely short notice after a previous date of ours fell through. Prince Philip for sure! Fairfield, IA is the North American home of Transcendental Meditation, as well as home of the largest training center for it in the world. We’ve been hearing about the greatness of Fairfield for months and were excited to head that way.
As we understand it, the guys from Utopia Park either run or help run a venue in Fairfield called the Beauty Shop. For this, a big Halloween dance party, they turned to a local bar called Vivo to host it. It was mostly DJ or laptop-based acts, with us being the only ones playing real instruments. We weren’t aware of that at first, and couldn’t figure out why the bar owner was so shocked at the amount of gear we were loading in. Amps, baby, amps! He made the joke, “What? You brought your whole apartment?” to each of us.. several times.
We were so tired and beat from our previous night in Vermillion, that most of our time in Fairfield was spent trying to figure out how to nap in the confines of our van. We did manage to buy one of those air horns and visit a strange music store in which the owner clearly didn’t care if we were there or not.
The show itself was a little strange, and not really what we’re used to. Though I don’t believe they typically have shows or events like this there. We were each nearly accosted every time we had to reenter the venue, no matter how clearly we showed our wristbands. We left our merch mannequins unattended for a short time only to find our masks stolen when we returned. I think our set was well received. The kids up front were clearly having a good time.
After the show, and a nutty girl fight, a crowd of people grew outside the venue looking for the after party. Thankfully, Philip’s plan was just to return to his house, drink a beer, and go to sleep. There was plenty of space and plenty of couches for us at Philip’s, and I think we stayed up a little longer than any of us expected to. The Utopia Park guys are super nice and funny, and we definitely look forward to heading back to Fairfield and playing a Beauty Shop show.
We were very careful to not let the cats out.