How many members of rock bands think to themselves, “I should have just gone to law school!” when they are lugging heavy equipment up a flight of stairs to play for a dozen people, make a few bucks, sleep on a floor later that night and repeat the same process the next morning? It’s probably a decent number, but it’s possibly matched by the number of lawyers who wish they pursued their rock-and-roll fantasies instead of working 80-hour weeks writing motions and whatnot.
Those worlds collide Thursday at the Black Cat for Banding Together, a battle of law firm bands, all to benefit Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. It’s the ninth annual musical showcase for local laywers and this year’s is the biggest yet, with 16 bands performing on both the Black Cat’s mainstage and backstage.
Yes, there will be lawyer puns in band names — Law & Disorder, The Precedents, Jazz Ipsa Loquitir. You may hear someone shout, “What's up, members of the D.C. Bar Associationnnn?” from the stage, as J. Freedom du Lac heard when he covered the event for The Post in 2010. There will also be a handful of guest emcees, including members of our very own Capital Weather Gang.
All of the money raised will be donated to Gifts for the Homeless — last year’s total was a staggering $150,000. Only a portion of that comes from the $10 tickets. The rest comes from donations — every dollar donated counts as a vote to determine the winner of the battle of the bands. (They call it “Chicago-style” voting.)
As if it needed to be said, the tunes coming from the stage will be very different than the usual indie rock fare the Black Cat hosts. Last year’s winners, Sutherland Comfort, played a set that included a cover of “Walk This Way.” They’ll be back to defend their title this year.