Surprisingly, Rachel's parents are in Boston at the same time as us! So we turn tour hosts, going on a Duck Tour, a meal at the harbour, and a walk through Quincy Market, the Common, and Back Bay, However, they decline to join us for tonight's gig. So we go along and hang out as Gravel Pit drummer Pete Caldes, whom we've seen a lot of on this trip, serves the drinks and wisecracks about today's weather (drizzly and miserable) and how it should make us Brits feel right at home. Despite the cracks, he's been great company throughout this trip. Mike Gent shows up to do the sound for tonight, then EdV turns up with a group of chaps he'd been producing earlier today. We chat over a Caldes-served "side of fries", before the music starts up in the back room.
The first act, Jim Bunni, drifts by with us both in the main bar, but we hand over the $10 cover to Gent for Chris Colbourn's set. Chris, again accompanied by Hilken Mancini, plays an enjoyable acoustic duet set of easy melody and laid-back mood. No Buffalo Tom numbers, but that's not a surprise now really! We stay in the back room for a nice set from Jason Hatfield, younger brother of Juliana. No "And The Marmalade" in evidence, as billed, unless it was a jar of said breakfast produce on the speakers behind him! No, Jason's flying solo, with material that's a little wistful and forgettable after Chris and Milken's set, and surprisingly (or maybe not) he shares the same high-pitched voice as his sister! Afterwards, we catch up with Chris, a nice guy, and then EdV introduces us to Hilken and the 4 of us chat before Rach and I head off back to our digs.