MOBfest 2000

This article written by Chris of the ELVi takes you deep into the sights, sounds and smells of The MOBfest, a three day music conference held in Chicago.

Finally, The Local H came out. I wish I could tell you they came out and showed us how it's really done, but unfortunately, for me, it didn't quite go down that way. I, like many others around here, have seen these guys many times. I knew what to expect. In a nutshell, you get the impression that they (or, Scott Lucas, rather) is just not trying as hard as he used to. (Now I'm really starting to feel like and old fart - ". . .when I was young, that band really rocked!") On the positive side, the new songs they played were really good, no complaint there. I'm sure if they come out with another recording, it'll be solid. But Scott Lucas even said after they played an oldie, "Fed", something like, "I'm getting too old for that one." And when they played "Bound for the Floor", he let the crowd sing most of it, as usual, but when he finally did join, it didn't sound like he was sure he could pull it off. Don't get the wrong impression, I'm probably one of the few that had this opinion, the place was packed solid, and the kids were having a good time. Maybe it was a bad night. I'll go see them again sometime to find out, and like I said, the new material is cool. Oh, yeah, before we left Justin got a friendly "Excuse me" from Nash Kato, the other guy formerly in Urge Overkill. We left to go get our stash of comps and man the sidewalk, so we missed what turned out to be a lengthy encore.