It’s looking like a late emergency may keep me from attending the show tonight in Logan, but that shouldn’t stop any of you from making the drive. If you go, tickets will be fifteen bucks, it’s at Logan High School, and say “Howdy” to Pondo, Juggz, and the guys for me.
Wow, when I sat down to write this post, I didn’t even know that my fellow Gazzblogger Bill Lynchwas also at the Sound Factory last Friday night (Bill, when you see me out, come up and say “Hi’–once I’m in a bar for more than five minutes the tobacco smoke has usually rendered my field of vision to about three feet–I can’t see anybody!). I’d been trading emails with the guys from Seven Minutes to Midnightfor months, as I’ve been courting them to be my guests on Radio Free Charleston. This was my first chance to see them live. Doctor Senator(I love the name) was an unknown quantity. I settled in near the stage and hung out with Justin, Roy, Thomas and Ed from Seven Minutes while Doctor Senator took the stage.
It’s amazing the monkey wrenches that can get thrown your way when you’re writing a blog post.
In honor of FestivALL 2007, which just wrapped up yesterday, we’re going to kick off the week with guest art, courtesy of Radio Free Charleston Big Shot, Melanie Larch. Here, bisected into two parts so that it would fit on YouTube, is Melanie’s FestivALL memories compacted into a nice, neat little ten-minute video package. We had a blast at FestivAll this weekend, and I had a blast not being the video guy (except for a few shots). Mel even composed and performed an original tune in honor of the FestivALL Catfish.
I was just a lazy boy this weekend, sitting back and soaking in as much as I could without actually doing anything. Mel did all the work on this report. So my art will be back next Monday, and since you can’t put a YouTube clip on a T Shirt you’ll have to wait until next week to resume ignoring my Cafepress store.
Let’s let Mel take over. There’s one brief bit in this film that may not be work safe, but it’s really too funny to miss:
I attended the Gazz Gathering panel on the role of the Arts in Charleston Wednesday night, and it was a raucous discussion. Not boring at all. It was a bit unfocused, and most of the people taking part totally missed the point, but several key questions were raised and almost addressed. This is the first of a few essays I’m going to drop here in PopCult that address some of the challenges facing the Charleston arts scene.
Sadly, at the panel discussion the other night, the local arts community, as is its wont, quickly fell into the “circular firing squad” mentality, lobbing barbs over how the funding for FestivAll was dispersed among the various disciplines and then winding up with the cliched bitching about the Clay Center that always seems to happen at these things. Folks, I have seen the enemy, and it’s NOT US!
With FestivAll, there’s way too much cool crap going on this week. I’m going to try and list a bunch of examples of the overflowing cornucopia of coolness cascading down upon our carcasses concurrently, but I can’t claim to be complete. It’s not all FestivAlliciuos, either, but let’s dive in!
Let’s kick off FestivAll Week with a self portrait by yours truly! Not that I’m deserving of special treatment or anything, but the fates have conspired to pry me loose from my computer at a time when I really, really need to be hard at work. That whole idea about making Radio Free Charleston weekly in June? It’s out the window. Episode 23, the Feast Of Stephen reunion, will be delayed at least one week while I tend to a family illness. That same family illness has kept me from coming up with anything in the way of Monday Morning Art this week, so I’m sticking up this digitally-assaulted frame grab of my ugly mug from episode 22 of RFC. Click on it to enlarge the pic, if you have a masochistic streak. Links for the Monday Morning Art store will be posted here in the event that I get the time to update that site in the next day. I’d go into more detail, but I gotta get going.
Lotsa coolness this week, so let’s dive in.
First, there’s the coolness from last week that I never got around to posting. In stores now is the reissued complete works of The Traveling Wilburys! Courtesy of Rhino Records, you can now get your hands on the music made by the ultimate supergroup without spending your rent money on eBay. Unavailable for ten years, the two Wilburys albums, “Volume 1,” and “Volume 3” have been collected in a variety of deluxe formats with annotated notes and bonus cuts and video. In case you forgot, the Wiburys were George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne. This was the sound of them just having fun, and some people have come to the conclusion that this is perfect music. Perfect for what, they won’t say, but they stand by the claim.
Also cool this week is The No Pants Players, fresh from eating a watermelon on the latest Radio Free Charleston, the mountain state’s only comedy troupe returns to their home base a the Labelle Theater in South Charleston for shows on Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are six bucks.
Opening for the NPP on Friday will be current RFC musical guest, the acoustic duo Aurora. During intermission you can hear future RFC guest Joe Slack. Saturday night the music will be provided by another future RFC guest, In Formation. The shows start at 7 PM each night.