Co-headliners Lucero and Ryan Bingham played to a sold-out 9:30 Club on Saturday. The music was top-notch, at least one fight between two knuckleheads in the audience was stopped from the stage, and the whiskey flowed freely, both onstage and off. “When I go out on a Saturday night, I like to dance,” said Lucero frontman Ben Nichols. “Who am I kidding, I like to listen to sad songs and drink whiskey. So I’d say I’m having a good Saturday night.”
Bingham proclaimed that the 9:30 Club was the “best fucking club in the country.” Nichols showered some love on the city, too: “Obviously, D.C. is my favorite city on the planet. New Orleans is close, but D.C. is first.”
Sadly, D.C. did not show much love to the opener, Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba‘s new acoustic band Twin Forks. A few hours before showtime, the band’s van was broken into, and a lot of the gear was stolen; the group had to cancel its performance. Make a note to go support Twin Forks the next time they come to town.
See photos from both sets in the gallery.