Tuesday, February 03, 2009

TUES 2/3: Breakfast, History, Civil Rights, Folkness


I might have dreamed of Buddy Holly last night. As soon as I awoke, I remembered it was the "Day the Music Died". Thankfully, you didn't have to hear me sing "Peggy Sue" or "American Pie".

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TUES 2/3

6am to 2pm
Grand Slam breakfast Deal
at Denny's Locations in US, Canada, & Puerto Rico
FREE (Leave a tip!)

When it comes to free food, I try to let you know about it. The bummer (for me): The closest Denny's locations are Lawrence and Haverhill.

TUES 2/3

5:30pm
John Stauffer, "Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln": Lecture
at Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St, Boston (Fenway)
FREE w/ RSVP

Prof. Stauffer (History, Harvard) has written a new book that sounds like it could be could be quite enlightening about the lives of two historical titans.

The lecture starts at 6pm, but there's a reception period in the half hour prior. Reservations are requested at the link above or by email or by phone: 617-646-0557

TUES 2/3

6pm to 8pm
"State of Civil Rights" Town Hall Meeting
at Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St, Boston (near Roxbury Crossing T)
FREE

I can't say this will be interesting, but you know some very 'passionate people' will get up and speak. All sorts of state agencies have partnered for this event to go around the Commonwealth to hear what the people have to say. Isn't this what many of us want from our government? BY the People, FOR the people, and all that jazz...

You can also send Deval and Co. an email, if you prefer. .

TUES 2/3

9:30pm
Mr. Sister, Elijah Wyman, The Points North, Earth People Orchestra
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

Tonight's performers are associated with the local Grinding Tapes Recording Company, except Earth People Orchestra haven't recorded for them (yet?).

It might feel like the Bermuda Triangle of indie-folk. The sounds will bend time and space like the "Lost" island maybe... (I think...?) From places like Appalachia to Ireland and touchstones like Ralph Stanley, Billie Holiday, Nick Drake, as well as Sufjan Stevens, etc; there's a lot of raw emotion set to music in the these generally quiet songs.

But I like that Elijah Wyman plays the autoharp, which seems reactionary and radical at the same time. And Earth People Orchestra are a big, goofy amalgamation of players like the acoustic version of Bang Camaro.

2 comments:

Jason said...

Great description of the Grinding Tapes gang!

rob v said...

Thanks, Jason!

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