Christmas came early for Costa Mesans as
Those motivated enough to leave their cozy houses to weather a windy rainstorm on Friday night were rewarded with plenty of alcohol and a burning fireplace inside the giant hole in the wall that is The Wayfarer. And all the dancing and moshing soon to break out during The Commons' set of inventive psychedelic cumbia punk added some much needed Christmas warmth to a cold and stormy night in Orange County too.
While many folks huddled inside by the fireplace, Scissorbills, a solo acoustic act, spontaneously busted out his wooden fiddle, nestled himself against a column by the bar and began playing half-assed folks songs in the middle of a chatty and frankly uninterested crowd. Even though most folks wouldn't break their conversations to pay Scissorbills some attention those few who did enjoyed his self-described “bad folk for bad folks.” As Scissorbills' set continued he starting to feel like the Lil B of folk music; his obvious trolling went over most people's heads yet those who “got it” found him very amusing and admirable.
Thee Commons took the stage next and wasted no time in
Nearly everyone in the house swayed their heads in a musical trance to Thee Common's psychedelic riffs. While ladies sensually shook their hips to the band's infectious cumbia chicha rhythms. Fellas thirstily gazed at the dancing beauties and started mini mosh pits in the crowd as the band fueled the rowdiness with ferocious growls. While the rain continued to pour outside of The Wayfarer, folks inside were dancing up a storm of their own transforming the venue into an eclectic combination of a sweaty dance hall and a raging backyard mosh pit. The cherry on top to this perfectly chaotic show was a Selena cover done Thee Commons style with gritty vocals by David Pacheco. The only thing missing from a perfect night of wild Chicano rock was a few post show street tacos.