September 18, 2009

What's Up This Weekend?

It was difficult to spend almost $700 to get the hot tub fixed but I hadn't put much into over the past 10 years so I went for it. They got its heart beating again but its mind had obviously been blown. It started babbling LED messages about imaginary conditions that prevented the jets from working. After another attempt to persuade it to behave, the tub doctor said it needed an expensive brain transplant. I noticed that every once in a while, it would work but it was completely unpredictable. A tub without jets is like lying on the massage therapist's table and telling him where it hurts while he sits in a chair, nods and asks you "How does that make you feel?" I kept it filled with the water it was slowly leaking hoping it might just cure itself. Last night, after a delightful birthday dinner for a friend at Alana's, we had a little time to kill before hitting the Tim Easton show. We decided to give the tub a try and it performed like a champ. I guess it wasn't playing brain-dead just to frustrate me after all. It just didn't want me to take it for granted.

Thursday, tonight, The Spikedrivers do the happy hour at Rumba followed by Guinea Worms and Daycreeper. Couch Forts are one of three at Treehouse.

Friday, Jeffrey Lewis is at Boutbon Street. He is a really funny New York City singer-songwriter who put on a very creative mixed media show the last time I saw him. The Super Mega-Ultra Thon-a-thon at Dick's should be fun with Megan Palmer covering Fleetwood Mac, Happy Chichester doing some Sly & the Family Stone and Jesse Henry and Joe Crump doing their things. Competition in the category of stellar line-ups goes on at Rumba with the Columbus Girls' Singer/Songwriter Showcase featuring, among others, double-dipper Megan Palmer, Lydia Loveless, Elisa Nicholas, Jenny Lute of Wet Darlings, Jenny Flory of Wonder Twin Powers and Miss Molly. Matt Monta and the Hot Coal Band are at Thirsty Ear.

Saturday, the line-up at Bernie's includes Hell's Fire Sinners and Lydia Loveless, Wonder Twin Powers and Ghenghis Green are at Espresso Yourself in Powell. Lucero returns to Rumba. Josh Fitzwater & the Shambles and Monolithic Cloud Parade are at Skully's. I was thinking of going to the Paw Paw Festival in Albany, Ohio just west of Athens (love that paw paw beer) but I will probably stick around for the Independents Festival downtown on Gay St. Four stages from noon to 10 PM feature Burglar, Bush League All-Stars, Moon High, You're So Bossy, Sick Thrills, The Lindsay, Couch Forts, Tin Armor, Super Desserts and Ericka Carey. Impressive! Here's a link to the schedule: Sounds like there will be good food and lots of interesting art. It was fun last year and it was a lot smaller then.

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