Bunkhouse gets its Rocks Off

The Bunkhouse is the type of honky tonk the Rolling Stones would have dug back when they were still doing Chuck Berry covers. Fitting that this gritty spot with stuffed deer heads on the wall was the choice for a night of Stones covers.

On March 4, some of our city’s finest rockers played around with the Brit band’s classics, and had a great time doing so. Dude City wins the award of salvaging a trainwreck with their take on “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” It started with three members singing falsetto for the a capella intro, which, frankly, went horribly wrong. But, they steered the ship right and fast as each player then took a verse, as if channeling The Band’s “The Weight.”

Singer-songwriter Wyatt McKenzie, fresh from his stop on Sirius Radio’s Acoustic Cafe, cobbled together a makeshift group,Fuck Consciousness, for the event. Their songs of choice: “She Smiled Sweetly” and “Wild Horses.” McKenzie’s voice is too deep to reach Jagger-like throws, but guitarist Andrew Yeghiazarian was impressive, and has a future in a U2 cover band with his Edge-like note bending.

An odd but fun collaboration featured Dusty Sunshine’s Heidi Guinn and The Skooners Blair Dewane tackling “Waiting On A Friend.”  The original saxophone part was replaced by a sweet kazoo solo (is there any other kind?) courtesy of Deville.

The crowd, there as much for socializing as it was for the music, was as laid-back as the musicians. It was a celebration of one of the most influential bands of all time, and a good way for a large number of local talents to hit the stage on the same bill. In fact, another cover show is already in the works. The next time it will be a night honoring alt-indie-punk forerunners Violent Femmes. I like where this is going. Now who’s got the balls to take on The Clash?


Jason Harris is a local stand-up comedian.