UPDATE (June 7, 2020): My current McCabe's concert count is 528.
I got there early, just before 6 PM. I walked in and found myself in a store. With a puzzled look on my face, I asked "Where's the concert gonna be"? They told me "In the backroom, you may check it out now". So I entered the backroom and I froze: John Wesley Harding was just starting his sound check. I stood there listening to "Cathy's New Clown" and bits and pieces of other songs. I said to myself "I like this place".
For the show proper, I sat in the second row, only the second time in my concert-going career that I could sit so close to a favorite performer. JWH played all my favorite songs from "Here Comes The Groom", except for "The Devil In Me". He was humorous, intelligent, played the guitar with ferocity at times and delivered one great song after another.
Even though he was a relative newcomer to the LA singer-songwriter scene, John Wesley Harding had two unannounced guests: Dave Alvin and John Easdale, of Dramarama fame. The latter duetted with JWH on "Last Cigarette", Dramarama's 1989 hit. Years later, Dave Alvin would become one of my all-time favorite musicians.
I was in total awe of John Wasley Harding's performance and it all happened right there in front of my eyes. When the show was over, the guy sitting next to me turned to me and said "As good as it gets". I answered "My thoughts, precisely".