How to Make Rude People Feel Uncomfortable

I went to see Bernardo at The Rock Shop on Friday. The show was awesome.20140131_213140However I was in the back – where the sound is best – and had a couple of people talking in front of me, talking non-stop, their backs to the music. Normally I would tell them to shut up or move, but I am trying to better, kinder version of myself and so employed a different method. I used the flash on my phone. 20140131_220041And it worked, sort of; they hated it – ducking and turning away and stopped for a moment. 20140131_220102But then, after I had done it twice, they went back to talking. 20140131_212759The show still rocked.

Bernardo at Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn

Bernardo played its first-ever gig at Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn last night, thanks in part to Bill Murray on a bicycle.

Hank's Saloon's facilities

Hank’s Saloon’s facilities

Lead man, Mike Deminico, walked into the bar a couple of weeks back, inquiring into playing at the venue, and received an indifferent response and email address. Somewhat miffed, Deminico considered abandoning the enterprise when Bill Murray bicycled past and returned Deminico’s greeting. billMurrayBikeThiefHis resolve buoyed, Deminico got in touch with the manager and was on stage shortly thereafter.

Mike Deminico leads Bernardo at Hank's Saloon.

Mike Deminico leads Bernardo at Hank’s Saloon.

The music of Bernardo is an unadulterated pleasure, straight ahead and wildly fun; the short 35-minute set was simply not enough. Deminico promises more in the months ahead.