Well, I took this weekend off at least in the Union, so there's no Hum in print. Did anyone notice aside from my editor Lauraine? Maybe, maybe not. Anyway, I still got emails and message asking if I would help drum up interest in one show or another, which makes me wonder once again, does anyone care whether I spend hours of my time tracking what's going on in the Humboldt music world aside from those in bands or putting on shows? Again, maybe, maybe not. So, what's up this week?
Sometimes I take a plunge, let the journey to Wonderland pull me into the Net or the web, or however you describe the seductive trap where we spend too much of our lives lately. Yesterday it started with a curious email from Brown Paper Tickets inviting me to, “Seize the day, celebrate the night,” with “events for day dreamers and night owls… around zip code 95521.”The specific event in question?
The seasons are changing. This long, hot summer won’t be over officially until next Friday (Sept. 22, @ 1:02 p.m.) but cruel winds have already “hit heavy on the borderline,” and recently between fires and floods and guns on the Plaza, things seem out of control. How can we put things right? How about with music, dancing and friends? The quintessential Equinox event, the North Country Fair, serves as a renewal of sorts.
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