My friend Rachel went to college and played ultimate frisbee with Black Keys’ guitarist Dan Auerbach’s sister. Unfortunately, the two of them don’t keep up anymore. It’s a shame, because that would be a great friend-of-a-friend to have when the Black Keys come rolling through town.
I did go to see one of their shows once, a long time ago. It must have been 2003 or 2004 and the Black Keys were one of three bands playing at the 31st Street Pub. My buddy Bram and I headed down to the show. As I walked up to the door, I saw a bouncer checking IDs and collecting the cover fee. Instead of stopping to chat with him, however, I just strolled right in past the bouncer like I belonged there. Bram stood at the door gasping in amazement. I was amused. We didn’t actually stay for the show; the place was really crowded and nobody seemed to know when the bands were going on. It was a bit chaotic, really. Would have been great to see the Black Keys in that kind of environment though.