by Ted Holteen
It's never easy losing a friend. It's even
harder when that friend has beer. As Storyville joins
the row of tombstones on the Boot Hill of Durango small
business this weekend, let me be the first to say to
owner Dave Thibedeau,
"Thank you." Actually, I'm probably the 20 th or 30 th person to say so, but
there's no written record of those thanks, so that leaves me. Good food, great
live music, cheap drinks and a tres hip decor would be a can't-miss proposition
in any town outside of Branson, but leave it to us to ruin a good thing. But
Storyville will not go quietly into that good night, or morning for that matter.
On Thursday, Sweet Jones will warm up the stage for what promises to be a silly
weekend of social regression, with ironically large crowds paying homage and
a nominal cover charge. Those crazy Dialogue kids will begin the demolition
process on Friday (please don't steal stuff) with the hippin' and the hoppin'
and the rappin' and such. Word. Saturday would be the big finale, as a bunch
of bands that have graced the Storyville stage take turns saying goodbye in
their own way and, we can hope, breaking the 2 a.m. curfew. I say Saturday
would be the finale, but it could lead right into the Sunday morning Punk Rock
and Hip-Hop Breakfast , which is a can't miss event even when the bar's not
going out of business. I reiterate: Please don't steal stuff. Thanks again,
Remember how much you hated the football team in high
school (or college)? Now, picture them with shaved
legs and bigger egos. That image aside, the NORBA Mountain
Bike Finals are a hoot. It's one of the premier mountain
biking events in the country, and it's happening at
Durango Mountain Resort from Thursday to Sunday. It's
cool - you get your "passport" for 20 bucks, then wander
all over the mountain watching the best riders in the
world and, let's be honest, hoping for a gnarly crash.
If your timing's perfect, you can get a bird's eye
view from the chairlift of a potentially crippling
wreck. Fun stuff. It is, however, extremely bad form
to attempt to cause such a wreck, and in all likelihood,
something that'll get you arrested. There's plenty
of food and beer, so don't feel pressured by all of
the fitness going on around you. Oh, and about those
egos. If the attitude just becomes unbearable, simply
make fun of their shorts.
By now, I trust that you grasp the importance of reading
The Society Page on Thursdays. It doesn't help to read
about a Thursday show on Saturday or Monday or on any
other day that's not Thursday. If you dawdle, you will
miss a legend of the folk-rock scene of the '60s tonight
at The Abbey Theatre. Lovin' Spoonful founder John
Sebastian is a strange cat who has written a lot of
great, fun songs. This show makes me very happy. You
either dig the Spoonful or you don't, so if you're
not there, screw you. We'll be having a blast with
or without you. Sebastian's show is a mix of new jug-band
stylings and popular standards, which does include
the "Welcome Back, Kotter" song. Please don't embarrass
me by shouting out "up your nose with a rubber hose" or
any Horeshack impersonations. It's been done.
FAST 'N FILTHY: (Quick 'n Dirty's been done, too)
After losing two drummers inside of a week, Spinal
Tap - I mean, Freewill Recovery , is in search of a
professional percussionist. Serious inquiries only,
and no tambourines. firstname.lastname@example.org .
A milestone happens tonight, Aug. 26, on the Four
Corners airwaves. (Remember the Thursday thing?) The
great Hugh Felt will broadcast his 400th peerless bluegrass
program "The Grass is Bluer" on KSUT at 9 p.m. Hugh
is one of the good people, and he's the last to pat
himself on the back, so you should do it for him. Give
him a call and say, "Nice job, Hugh" or something to
How about that first annual Durango Music Festival?
Man, it was Woodstock '68 all over again. Open fields
and not a soul in sight. Note to the promoters of the
2 nd annual Durango Music Festival: These events should
not be kept a secret. Big Dog? Seriously, Big Dog?
Clear Channel listeners do not go to $55 concerts.
They go to Bennigan's and Red Lobster. Live and learn.
There's professional boxing again this Saturday at
the Sky Ute Casino - check it out.
President Bush is in Farmington today. (Thursday again!)
He's an idiot.
Hey, Secret Service - over here! email@example.com . Vote