Posted in To Do | music on October 16, 2007

Miracle FortressPeople from CMJ are trying to still get Miracle Fortress into the United States from Canada, but it looks like it's going to take a miracle (PUN INTENDED) to get them here at this point, and they're DEFINITELY not making it for 8pm - their set time at Bowery Ballroom tonight (me = crying). Bon Iver is now going on at 7, and The Shaky Hands are playing at 8, and everything else runs exactly on time. IF Miracle Fortress do make it, we'll let them play after Voxtrot at 1am. I'm not sure that's very likely though. They were supposed to play SoundFix tomorrow too. :-(

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Comments (31)

that really really sucks. i was really looking forward to seeing them

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 3:17 PM

this is our government people. fuck this shit.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 3:18 PM

All the other bands having visa problems that we've heard about have cancelled their shows at least several days in advance. (I'm not referring to CMJ, but in general.) What happened in this case?

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 3:20 PM

if miracle fortress were able to pass... surely the terrorists would have won.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 3:21 PM

stopped at the border.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 3:22 PM

i can play do i have to be sober

Posted by Taco Time for Mom & Dad | October 16, 2007 3:22 PM

i'm not going now. i was only going to see miracle fortress. what a shame.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 3:27 PM

"stopped at the border."

yes, supposedly they were stopped at the border, and then detained for like 3 hours during which time they were not allowed to make any calls, or something like that.

They had paperwork that they were told was good enough to get in to play the show, but it apparently it wasn't.

We literally found out a few minutes before I put this post up.

frustrating for everyone.

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 16, 2007 3:29 PM




I Am Waiting
By Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I am waiting for my case to come up
and I am waiting
for a rebirth of wonder
and I am waiting for someone
to really discover America
and wail
and I am waiting
for the discovery
Of a new symbolic western frontier
and I am waiting
for the American Eagle
to really spread its wings
and straighten up and fly right
and I am waiting for the Age of Anxiety
to drop dead
and I am waiting
for the war to be fought
which will make the world safe
for anarchy
and I am waiting for the final withering away
of all governments
and I am perpetually awaiting
a rebirth of wonder


I am waiting for the second coming
And I am waiting
For a religious revival
To sweep thru the state of Arizona
And I am waiting
For the grapes of wrath to stored
And I am waiting
For them to prove
That God is really American
And I am waiting
To see God on television
Piped into church altars
If they can find
The right channel
To tune it in on
And I am waiting
for the last supper to be served again
and a strange new appetizer
and I am perpetually awaiting
a rebirth of wonder


I am waiting for my number to be called
and I am waiting
for the Salvation Army to take over
and I am waiting
for the meek to be blessed
and inherit the earth
without taxes
and I am waiting
for forests and animals
to reclaim the earth as theirs
and I am waiting
for a way to be devised
to destroy all nationalisms
without killing anybody
and I am waiting
for linnets and planets to fall like rain
and I am waiting for lovers and weepers
to lie down together again
in a new rebirth of wonder


I am waiting for the great divide to be crossed
and I anxiously waiting
For the secret of eternal life to be discovered
By an obscure practitioner
and I am waiting
for the storms of life
to be over
and I am waiting to set sail for happiness
and I am waiting
for a reconstructed Mayflower
to reach America
with its picture story and TV rights
sold in advance to the natives
and I am waiting
for the lost music to sound again
in the Lost Continent
in a new rebirth of wonder


I am waiting for the day
that maketh all things clear
and I am waiting for retribution
for what America did to Tom Sawyer
and I am waiting
for the American Boy
to take off Beauty's clothes
and get on top of her
and I am waiting
for Alice in Wonderland
to retransmit to me
her total dream of innocence
and I am waiting
for Childe Roland to come
to the final darkest tower
and I am waiting for Aphrodite
to grow live arms
at a final disarmament conference
in a new rebirth of wonder


I am waiting
to get some intimations
of immortality
by recollecting my early childhood
and I am waiting
for the green mornings to come again
for some strains of unpremeditated art
to shake my typewriter
and I am waiting to write
the great indelible poem
and I am waiting
for the last long rapture
and I am perpetually waiting
for the fleeting lovers on the Grecian Urn
to catch each other at last
and embrace
and I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder


Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 3:33 PM

I actually couldn't make it at 6 pm for Bon Iver. 7pm I can.

Posted by Eduardo | October 16, 2007 3:53 PM

that EFFIN sucks. still going to be a great show...but...

Posted by ryan fb | October 16, 2007 3:56 PM

Now I can stay at work for another hour.

Doh!

Posted by drewo | October 16, 2007 3:58 PM

Lame. Anybody need a ticket? I'm out.

Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2007 4:15 PM

Wow, how shitty is that.

Posted by bumpershine | October 16, 2007 4:16 PM

all things canadian are overrated anyway!

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 4:20 PM

BV, please keep us up to date with the latest news from la frontera. There's so much going on today, I'd hate to miss MF if the man lets 'em through.

Posted by Christopher | October 16, 2007 4:21 PM

Are the doors still at 5 pm?

Posted by Greg | October 16, 2007 4:30 PM

doors are the same, but bon iver is on at 7pm now - sharp

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 4:36 PM

"They had paperwork that they were told was good enough to get in to play the show, but it apparently it wasn't."

Who told them that? The same contractor who said the Music Hall of Williamsburg would be finished before September 4?

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 4:46 PM

"'They had paperwork that they were told was good enough to get in to play the show, but it apparently it wasn't.'

Who told them that? The same contractor who said the Music Hall of Williamsburg would be finished before September 4?"

OH SNAP!

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 5:02 PM

refunds?

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 5:06 PM

Totally not going now, the rest of the line-up is rather eh compared to other bands on tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2007 5:51 PM

Its all Good Most Serene Republic are still plsaying!!!

Posted by mark | October 16, 2007 6:37 PM

Any word on Miracle Fortress???
Anyone???
Bueller??? Anyone???
I want to head to the Bowery but really only to see Miracle Fortress.

Posted by MF Fan | October 16, 2007 8:03 PM

i wonder if they ate poutine after they were turned around...

hmmm...

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2007 1:46 AM

show was great from start to finish!

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2007 1:55 AM

definitely a great show (even tho i too was extremely saddenned by lack of miracle in the BV fortress)

i thought Rosebuds were great! hadn't heard em before (drag) but that still didnt stop the sing along action, which is always a sign of a good band these days (lalalalala etc.). plus killer dancey bass on the keyboards

Posted by su | October 17, 2007 5:24 AM

Rosebuds were unbelievable. I was wondering how they'd manage without a bassist, but the keyboard doing both lead and bass was incredible. How did they do that? Different outputs? Twas such a great performance by them and Most Serene. Dean and Britta were boring as all hell.

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2007 9:38 AM

For once the border control is doing their job and keeping out the undesirables.

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2007 3:02 PM

We're sorry we missed this show guys. We were very excited to get to play at the Bowery and walk around the big beautiful streets. At least for an hour after soundcheck and before the show.

The regular protocol for Canadian bands playing unpaid showcases as we understood it, is that the festival provides the band with papers saying that the band will not be making any money and that the performance is for promotional purposes only. In fact though, as the border police made known to us, no money is allowed to change hands when a band without a work visa performs. So, while we weren't getting paid, because the show was not a free show, we had to turn back home and eat delicious Indian food. The border police informed us that we were going through a rite of passage. "If you are going to be a CanadianRockStar you have to get turned away by us... you know once we even turned away Céline". As if by magic doughy compensation, the indian restaurant gave us free desert. No poutine was consumed, though it did come up as an option.

Hopefully we will soon recieve our visas. We were not trying to do anything that we understood to be inadequate, illegal, or wrong. We understand that a country's borders are a sensitive thing, and we would not intentionally subvert their protective efforts. While we are sorry not to have gotten to hang out in New York and play for everyone, I know the future is big and likely full of NYC fun times.

I posted this way too late for anyone to be interested, didn't I.
oh well

-J.S.

Posted by jessie from miracle fortress | October 27, 2007 5:00 PM

It is hard to say such a thing is clear.

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 11:59 AM

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