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Question 1: Why is it that on all other nights during the year we eat either bread or matzah, but on this night we eat only matzah?
Traditional answer: When the Jews fled Egypt, they didn't have time to let their bread rise. They packed raw dough and later baked flat crackers in the desert.
B-Sides' answer: Matzah never goes bad, much like the bands playing tonight at the Gearbox in Soulard. Prisonshake hasn't performed their raw rock & roll in St. Louis since 2000. We can't believe we're missing it.
Question 2: Why is it that on all other nights we eat all kinds of herbs, but on this night we eat only bitter herbs?
Traditional answer: We eat bitter herbs to remind us of the bitter suffering our people endured as slaves in Egypt.
B-Sides' answer: We're friggin' bitter. In addition to missing Prisonshake, we're also missing Cleveland's Cobra Verde and Champaign's Water Between Continents, both fantastic rock bands in their own right.
Question 3: Why is it that on all other nights we do not dip our herbs even once, but on this night we dip them twice?
Traditional answer: We first dip the herbs in Charoset, a mixture of chopped apples and nuts that reminds us of the mortar used to make the heavy bricks Jews hauled as slaves. We then dip our parsley in salt water. The parsley commemorates the green renewal of spring. The salt water reminds us of the tears shed by the slaves.
B-Sides' answer: We dip these herbs to remind us of the herb we certainly won't be enjoying tonight, the kind we certainly would be enjoying if we were celebrating the grand re-opening of Lil' Nikki's as the Gearbox, a venue dedicated to showcasing the best of local and regional rock & roll.
Question 4: Why is it that on all other nights we eat either sitting or reclining, but on this night we eat in a reclining position?
Traditional answer: We recline to remind us of the luxuries of freedom our people never enjoyed as slaves.
B-Sides' answer: We're slouching in honor of Scat Records, the folks behind the Gearbox show, and their tenth year in St. Louis. We may be slackers, but they're sure not. -- Jess Minnen