The preamble today was sent over from Matthew D: "About two hundred thirty three years ago, we, the fine citizens of the United States, fed up with Britain's tweedy aloofness and insistence on calling pants "trousers" and underwear "pants," decided to get our Independence on. So Thomas Jefferson took a break from having awesome hair and wrote the Declaration, effectively telling Britain to take a dirt nap because the uncouth colonies were in charge of themselves now, thank you very much. Then, you know: the fighting, muskets, the French, Indians, Paul Revere, et al. After that: This land is our land, you monarch-lovers. Keep your trousers on."
On Saturday July 4th we have a couple local bands starting at 2pm to help celebrate the independence; Ironwood Rain and Wastin' Daylight. Ironwood Rain is like Crosby Stills and Nash meet Jack Johnson and Wastin' Daylight is good old southern rock. $5 And if you want to you can order pizza with BBQ sauce and consider this an afternoon BBQ. Have you tried our new BBQ sauce on the pizza yet? Awesome, truly.
After the afternoon bands we'll take a break for fireworks. After the fireworks, at 10pm, we'll branch out of the country with Bridgers, a Russian band playing American blues rock. Bridgers lead singer is something to behold. Quite entertaining, almost surreal. $5.
Friday night, July 3, we have a birthday party for brother Jeremy D and our old friend Rico. Jeremy and Rico are both big fans of the man Jerry Garcia, and so we'll have The Mighty High Band, a Jerry Garcia Band tribute band. The Mighty High Band is made up of members of Purple Buddha, a band we miss around the D Note and it'll be good to have them back in a different form. Opening will be John Waite And Southern Flavor at 8pm, featuring the killer mandolin playing of Nick Amodeo. And the beautiful Liz Clark will play a dinner set at 6pm. $5. Check out the sweet poster Matt Dougherty made for this show on our myspace. Happy birthday Jeremy and Rico.
Thursday night, July 2, at 9pm, after Trivia, we have Bad Chicken playing classic rock with a ragged verve. $5
Next Tuesday will be some killer jazz with Andrew Trim Quartet, featuring Alejandro Castano on drums. 7pm. And then a cool duo playing at 8:45pm, Baby and The Badger. Give them a quick listen and you may get as hooked on them as we are. free.
Also worth noting on your calendars: blues legend Lazy Lester will be playing before local favorites Lion Vibes next Saturday, July 11 at 7pm. $10. Yeeaah!
Extra credit: Frank O'hara is one of our favorite American poets, so we include a very American poem of his from an old copy of The Paris Review we found in a bookstore in Boston.
I'm not going to cry all the time
nor shall I laugh all the time,
I don't prefer one "strain" to another.
I'd have the immediacy of a bad movie,
not just a sleeper, but also the big,
overproduced first-run kind. I want to be
at least as alive as the vulgar. And if
some aficionado of my mess says "That's
not like Frank!", all to the good! I
don't wear brown and grey suits all the time,
do I? No. I wear workshirts to the opera,
often. I want my feet to be bare,
I want my face to be shaven, and my heart--
you can't plan on the heart, but
the better part of it, my poetry, is open.