Le Poisson Rouge was hosting several events, including a free New Zealand @ CMJ Showcase. It was my first CMJ and I was fearing long lines and obnoxious crowds. Instead, the Kiwis were such gracious hosts, I could have mistaken it for the Canadian showcase, dontcha know.
Before the main doors opened, the front bar was serving free pizza, beer and wine. Then, when the doors opened there was free Vodka and meat pies from Down Under Bakery (DUB). All this, plus free music, which was the original reason I showed up. Hello, good party planning skills.
The bands seemed slightly intimidated by the crowd, but when half the people there are shoving SLRs in your face, it’s only natural.
I stuck around to watch Princess Chelsea (cutest cover of Your Woman sung with strong New Zealand accents), Andrew Keoghan (treating his violin like a guitar), Pikachunes (telling us to dance) and The Golden Awesome (just check out the video below).