The Revival Tour – Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) – Tim Barry (Avail) – Ben Nichols (Lucero). The Middle East, Cambridge, MA

So there’s these punkers, right, and usually they’re playing with electric guitars and amps and drums, and then they go on the Revival Tour without their bands and with their acoustic guitars. They bring along a slide guitar player, a stand up bass player, and a fiddle player for support, and then the awesomeness happens. I liked it better when they were all playing together, but then Ben, Tim, and Chuck in that order.

The Revival Tour – Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) – Tim Barry (Avail) – Ben Nichols (Lucero). The Middle East, Cambridge, MA

Avail, The Middle East, Cambridge, MA

I saw Avail for the first time about 10 years ago and they’re still rocking the finger wagging sing along punk. You now get thrown out of the club for stage diving (which I’m too old for anyway) so the band kept promising to “announce when it was the last song”. They did, and mayhem ensued, which reminded me of the first time I saw them, every song was the last song, and they didn’t kick people out for stage diving (which I wasn’t too old for).

Avail, The Middle East, Cambridge, MA