Saturday, 16 July 2005

As if my weekend weren’t busy enough, earlier this week I learned that that Mike Doughty, the lead singer for Soul Coughing, was doing a short set at The Aquatennial Block Party.

I had another concert the same night but, as it turned out, the schedule worked fine. Doughty was scheduled to take the stage at 2015 and finish at 2100. All of the Block Party shows where scheduled the same way; each artist had a 45 minute set with only 15 minutes between. The other show was at the Fine Line with doors at 2000, which meant the music wouldn’t start until at least 2100. This would be perfect.

Mike came on and did a handful of songs from his new album, Haughty Melodic, and a couple from previous albums. I wish I was more familiar with his more recent stuff, but at least he did a number (“True Dreams of Wichita”) from the first Soul Coughing album. Not my favorite, but great to hear the one of the old songs performed live.

After the show, he came out and signed stuff. “Anything you want,” he said in the announcement before the last song.

In the crush of people trying to get to the autograph table, I met a guy named Jason and his Grandma. Both very nice people, but Grandma was really into it all. She said she wanted to have Doughty sign her breasts. No. Kidding. Now, how cool a Grandma is that?

Jason said he was really in it to moon Mike Doughty. He changed that to getting Mike to sign his buttocks. I said that if he did, I’d try to get a picture and we’d make arrangements to get him a copy. Jason got more excited as we got closer to the front of the line. “Mike Doughty, sign my ass!” Mike looked at him and asked, “Are you sure?” then sign it (them) he did. I even have the picture to prove it.

Nothing quite as crazy for me. I got Mike to sign my Ruby Vroom CD and asked to get a picture with him. Done deal. Once I have the editing done, I’ll put the picture on-line.

It was a pretty good show and I’m glad I went. I really wish it had been a longer show with Doughty doing the whole thing. I would have blown off the other show for that, but you can’t have everything.

Final score: 45 minutes of music, 1 autograph, 45 minutes to get the autograph, 262 pictures. I should be able to scare up a dozen or so that are good enough to post.

Yeah, I’d do it again.

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