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Story and photos by Jennifer BronenkantTaking the stage shortly after the Brewers won the game that advanced them to the National League playoffs, Stephen Malkmus declared it fan appreciation night. He joked about giving out bobbleheads and promised to take audience requests after the first few songs.
Once the leader of what many call the greatest band of the '90s, former Pavement frontman Malkmus backed by with his current three piece band The Jicks played to a small but dedicated crowd. The show opened with "Gorgeous Georgie" and "The Senator" and went on to audience requests including one that he had gotten before the show from a fan at a local bar. Malkmus scrouched down and looked eye to eye with each fan that he took requests from which included his own "Mama" and "Church On White" along with "Happy Birthday" in honor someone else's mama.
When fans repeatedly requested Pavement songs, they were reminded by bass player Joanna Bolme that they had done that once and wouldn't be doing it again in reference to "The Milwaukee Show." as fans call the legendary 2003 night when the band performed a full set of Pavement songs.
Malkmus showed his guitar prowess throughout the night and played some extended jams as the show went on. The event may not have been as big and powerful as the legendary Pavement shows of the past, but the personal touch Malkmus brought to this show made it a special night nonetheless.
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