Intentional nostalgia: Mission of Burma and Speed the Plough played The Bell House

Mission of Burma at The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY, Feb. 7, 2014 (Photos © 2014 Steven P. Marsh)

Mission of Burma at The Bell House, Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 7, 2014: Roger Miller, Clint Conley and Peter Prescott. (Photos © 2014 Steven P. Marsh)

Back in February — it seems such a very long time ago — I stopped by at The Bell House in Brooklyn to catch a double bill featuring two of my favorite bands.

Speed the Plough at The Bell House in Brookly, NY, on Feb. 7, 2014.

Speed the Plough at The Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 7, 2014: Ed Seifert, Toni Paruta Baumgartner, Mike Baumgartner and Cindi Merklee.

Mission of Burma and Speed the Plough both factored heavily in my experience at the late, lamented Maxwell’s in Hoboken, so it was a real joy to see them together at the Bell House, which was becoming Maxwell’s musical successor even before the lights went out in Hoboken. (And it’s no surprise, given that former Maxwell’s booker and co-owner Todd Abramson has been booking bands at the great Gowanus club for quite awhile now.)

The show was awesome, as expected. And the crowd — packed with more than a few familiar faces from Maxwell’s — was enthusiastic.

So step into my time machine and get a look at some shots from the show. If you were there, the pics will spark some good memories. If you didn’t make it, I apologize if my images make you envious.

Either way, enjoy them.

Opening act Speed the Plough

Speed the Plough's set list.

Speed the Plough’s set list.

 

Mike Baumgartner took lead vocals on a song he wrote for Speed the Plough.

Mike Baumgartner took lead vocals on a song he wrote for Speed the Plough.

 

Ed Seifert and Toni Paruta Baumgartner of Speed the Plough.

Ed Seifert and Toni Paruta Baumgartner of Speed the Plough.

 

John Baumgartner, John Demeski, Ed Seifert, of Speed the Plough.

John Baumgartner, John Demeski, Ed Seifert, Mike Baumgartner and Toni Baumgartner of Speed the Plough.

 

Headliner Mission of Burma

Roger Miller.

Roger Miller

 

Clint Conley.

Clint Conley

 

Peter Prescott

Peter Prescott

 

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