Drive By Truckers


Drive By Truckers

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Excellent show at the 9:30 Club. The band played close to three hours. I was exhausted but very happy at the end.

End of the Night


End of the Night

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Animal Kingdom at night after a storm. I was thankful for the rain as I suspect without the light reflecting off the pavement it would have been too dark to take this shot.

If You Lose, the Dinosaur Eats You


If You Lose, the Dinosaur Eats You

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Animal Kingdom at Night


Animal Kingdom at Night

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Finally got to see Animal Kingdom at night. Only the rides are open, the nature trails shut down. As the park employee told me, “After dark, the animals see much better than we do.” But the atmosphere at the park is lovely with lots of interesting lighting.

I Love Ferris Wheels


I Love Ferris Wheels

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Getting Ready for the Show


Getting Ready for the Show

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Artomatic has been particularly fun this year. Nothing like walking into the restroom to find a burlesque troop getting dressed.

Hotel Harrington in the Rain


Hotel Harrington in the Rain

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I am Old

Or perhaps, just sane.  I had the opportunity to buy a ticket to The Pogues show on St Patrick’s Day at the 9:30 Club. Instead I selected the show the day before St Patrick’s Day.  I figure the odds are much better than Shane MacGowan will be semi-sober the day before.  And I know the odds of my needing to kill someone in the crowd next to me will be lower.

Cathedral Illumination

Britt, Erica and I caught the first night of the National Cathedral “Lighting to Unite” illumination show tonight. It is absolutely gorgeous and runs from sunset to midnight tonight, Saturday and Sunday so there is time to see it. I suspect it is less crowded if you go after the families have left to put the kids to bed.

National Cathedral Illumination

National Cathedral Illumination

The Pogues

 

The Pogues are a band I have wanted to see in concert for about 22 years – ever since Ronnie put “Haunted” and “Dirty Old Town” on a mix tape for me. For a decade there it seemed like I would never get the chance, at least not with Shane MacGowan in the band. Who didn’t expect him to drink himself to death sometime during the 1990s. But amazingly he has survived. He reminds me a bit of a George Romero shuffling zombie or a 90 year old man in the way he moves. He can’t quite follow a set list but Spider Stacy sets him straight when he announces the wrong song. But he can still sing. He can still work a crowd. And the band puts on one hell of show.

It was particularly nice to see The Pogues at the 930 Club. I got there early enough that I had a good spot up on the balcony close to the front of the stage and pretty much just didn’t move. Shane and Spider traded out lead singer duties for most of the show with Phil Chevron singing “Thousands Are Sailing” and the drummer Andrew Ranken covering Irish Rover during one of the encores. Two encores meant the band played for almost two hours. They closed with “Fiesta” complete with head vs. tin pan percussion. It was a marvelous show and I am so glad I decided to spend the money when the tickets went on sale.

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