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Free Devil Makes Three show in Berkeley

Updated: Jan 19, 2010 17:19
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During one of the best periods of my live I was living in the attic above Cafe Pergolesi in Santa Cruz.  The cafe was in the center of town and I was a young, single college kid more concerned with partying and getting laid than studying and getting A’s.  Luckily for me UC Santa Cruz was on a pass/fail system at the time, so letter grades literally weren’t part of my life.

Cafe Pergolesi, Santa Cruz, CA

Anyway, the people who worked at the cafe were pretty cool, and other than the time they broke into our place and stole a Johnny Cash poster, we all got along just fine.  My relationship with most of them consisted of me purchasing Hanson’s energy drinks and talking a little friendly shit, or late night drunk revelry when the cafe was closed and I was stumbling home from the bars.  So when I heard from one of my roommates that three of the cafe workers had a band that was gonna be playing in the cafe, I said, “Who doesn’t have a band?” and didn’t think much of it.

Later that night I went downstairs to grab an energy drink in an attempt to power myself up for a long night of parties.  I had forgotten that the cafe folks were playing that night and when I stepped inside, I caught the chorus of a song that went: “Thank you Jack Daniel’s/Old number seven/The Tennessee whiskey I’ll be drinking in heaven….” The band of course ended up being The Devil Makes Three and I’ve been a super fan ever since.

Their self titled release

Their self titled release

If you’re not doing anything on Thursday at 6pm, you can catch them for FREE at Amoeba Records in Berkeley.  Otherwise you can pay to see them at the Independent January 16th (with Or, The Whale) and January 17th (with Emily Jane White).

If you’ve never heard them before, check them out here.  I think you’ll dig it.

This what they look like when they do stuff

This what they look like when they do things and stuff

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  1. January 14, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    That apartment above Pergolesi is magic. My buddy lived there and we both worked at Pergolesi in the olden days. We played a lot of music up there and did a lot of simply crazy things. It was a good gig and a good life. It sounds like you had something of the same there.

  2. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    January 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Absolutely Magic! It is definitely one of the parts on my life that I look back on most fondly. If I could do it all again, I would, and I wouldn’t change a thing 🙂

  3. fsharp's buddy
    January 25, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Stu – great site, thanks for the tip about the Devil Makes Three. I will have to track them down. After all, we coffee shop vets have to support one another. You sure seem to be traveling many of the same trails as fsharp and I once did. Checked out your posts about Specs and Dolores Park as well, sounds so familiar.

    When I was living upstairs at Pergolesi the best band in town was a group called the Wrestling Worms. It was a woodwinds and brass ensemble with a crazy country style vocalist – they used to do great Tennessee Waltz. Wonder what happen to those guys.

  4. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    January 26, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Glad you’re digging what I do. I never heard of the Wrestling Worms when I was in SC, but they sound like they were good. Santa Cruz, being what it is, always has so much great music that never makes it very far.

  5. […] been a huge Devil Makes Three fan ever since the first time I heard them.  What’s not to love?  They’re solid musicians with melodies that make you wanna hum […]

  6. […] I’ve mentioned before I first met The Devil Makes Three many years ago when I lived above a coffee shop in Santa Cruz […]