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Vietnam Live @ Lebowski Fest

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vietnam1 Vietnam Live @ Lebowski Fest
photo credit, Mark Austin (view his gallery here)

The Sixth annual Lebowski Festival was held down in Louisville, Kentucky last weekend, and while I did not make it out, our live reviewer Mike was on the scene taking it all in. If you don’t know, it is a celebration of the classic Coen Brothers film, The Big Lebowski. Enjoy his report of the set from Vietnam.


I’ll start off by saying that I couldn’t fully take advantage of The Lebowski Fest. With Kahlua on as a sponsor, the White Russians were flowing…as well as the milk. Much to my dismay, I am lactose intolerant and that could have made for a messy weekend. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. I just recently watched The Big Lebowski for the first time and I didn’t fully understand the extent of the cult following. Not to my surprise, I was probably the only person at the festival that didn’t have an undying love for the movie. The crowd was entertaining enough and did not disappoint. There were hordes of “the dudes” (Jeff Bridges), Walters (John Goodman), and of course the crowd favorite “Jesus” (John Turturro) as you can imagine.

The location was great. Nestled between the Executive Inn East/West, and directly next to the Executive Bowl was the music stage. My sole purpose of going to the festival was to see Vietnam play – a very appropriate band to play the festival. Vietnam was set to play the opening slot. This was my second time seeing Vietnam perform. The first was at the Southgate House opening for the Black Angels, in which I only caught the last portion of the performance. I was sure to arrive on time for this showing. The lights went down almost in unison with the sun. Sporadic cheers arose from the crowd. On the PA you hear one of Walters Vietnam rants taken from the movie – again, very appropriate. Then Vietnam takes the stage…two band members short. My first reaction was disappointment. I have been a fan of Vietnam for some time and I was set for the full experience. They announce that the other two members could not make the trip. We were in store for an intimate semi-acoustic performance with Joshua Grubb on guitar/vocals, and Ivan Berko on bass. For me personally, the rhythm is normally what moves me, however, I find myself paying close attention to Vietnam’s lyrics, which were great on this occasion. The performance was more spoken word, than your normal rock concert. All songs performed were from their first full length album. They did their best to play each song, however some of the songs were scaled down or left out. I would have liked to hear how they could have spun The Priest, Poet, and Pig into an acoustic rendering, but some things are better left unheard I guess.

vietnam2 Vietnam Live @ Lebowski Fest

The debut album from Vietnam is controversial in the sense that it has gotten so many mixed reviews. People either love it or hate it. If you haven’t had an opportunity to listen to the album, I suggest you do so. Decide for yourself and see what all the fuss is about.

Vietnam – Summer In The City

 Vietnam Live @ Lebowski Fest


Joe started ENS in 2003 after most people he wanted to talk to about music were worn thin by his ramblings. The outlet this site provided helped out, and somehow is still going 9 years later. After a four year stint as a WOXY DJ, Joe returned to Cincinnati and continues to pioneer ENS. In addition to the overall look and feel of the site, Joe provides regular reviews, and kinda makes sure this whole thing stays afloat.

Posted by Joe Long   @   27 July 2007 1 comments


Apr 4, 2008
2:06 pm

Wish I coulda seen that. I caught the guys on Carson Daly only because the were following Eddie Izzard. I’ve been trying to find out what the score is with them for a while now. The website went down, leaving only a profile on the label website and the myspace page. Kemado says that their not touring, but it’s said that for a while. They’ve got to be gigging somewhere. I really would like to catch a show or, if they’re not touring, I want to know when the next album coming. It doth frustrate me so…

It is great, however, to at least see them getting some good press. Thanks for giving them the kind words. Every good band needs them.

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