I'll admit it: I'm a harsh critic of cover bands.
I know that the singers' voices will never match the original artists', so that doesn't necessarily bother me (unless the vocals are just THAT bad). But much too often, I stumble into a bar to find an off-key, out-of-tune band butchering "Free Bird."
Which is why I was pleasantly surprised Saturday night at the Brickell Irish Pub. Not because of the overpriced beverages, lame draught beer selection (no Smithwick's on tap at an Irish Pub... really?)... but because of the damn good cover of Cheap Trick's "Surrender" that greeted me as I walked in.
The band in question: Miami's The Bushmen. A foursome that did a solid, faithful job recreating '70s and '80s bar staples like the Violent Femmes' "Blister In The Sun" and The Police's "Message In A Bottle."
Mind you, there were no tricks or surprised. But that was a good thing. Just solid recreations of the fun, popular sing-alongs I'd want to hear while drinking with friends.
Kudos, Bushmen. You've won me over.