Jack Daniel's! Jack Daniel's! Jack Daniel's! Jack Daniel's!
Spoon + The Rosebuds + The SpecsCity: Columbia, SC
PopMatters Associate Music Editor
All things considered, my friend and I got off pretty easy. At the last minute, we'd found out that Spoon was coming to the area for a one-off show sponsored by Jack Daniel's. After we got through the obligatory, incredulous cries of "Jack Daniel's!?", we set to work. Spoon is such a rarity in these parts that, even if the devil himself sponsored the show, we'd still have pondered making a deal for passes. Infernal contracts aside, there were only three ways to get tickets to the show. The 50 sets of passes available on Spoon's website had disappeared almost immediately. The Jack Daniel's street team also carried passes, but reports were already filtering in from the front lines that in order to get those tickets you had to dance and drink like an alcoholic monkey for the street team's pleasure. Plus, the notion of actually trolling the bars and comedy clubs of Columbia to find the Jack Daniel's street team made us queasy to begin with. So that was out. Our last option, entering a daily drawing with the local free paper, was also our last hope. And, as time grew short, my friend finally scored tickets. Woo hoo!