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September 9, 2013

music on monday: ‘raise the dead’
posted by soe 11:39 pm

Today’s post is a musical number. Rudi and I first discovered Caravan of Thieves on the local PBS affiliate when we were in Connecticut visiting my folks. I was so taken with their 15-minute spot that I immediately looked up their schedule to see if they’d be playing locally. [In the process of writing this post, I realized this is totally a lie. I first encountered them through their rendition of “The Grinch,” which I included on my 2010 Christmas mix.]

The quartet, who are based in Connecticut, plays a broad swath of music that could be described as swing/folk/jazz/klezmer fusion. They’re comprised of a husband (who’s particularly talented) and wife team who are the main vocalists/guitar players/percussionists, an upright bassist (or, at least, a guy who plays the upright bass), and a violinist/fiddler.

They played in Old Town Alexandria a couple weeks ago at a converted single-screen movie theater. It was a beautiful space for a show, but I felt the group either needed a slightly smaller space to make their set feel a little more immediate (that isn’t quite the right word, but it’s the best I can come up with right now) or maybe less inhibiting for the audience or an outdoor space that would have encouraged whirling and twirling.

“Raise the Dead” was the final song in their encore and one of the songs they invited audience participation for.

If they play anywhere near you, I highly recommend seeing them, because they’re a lot of fun. We’re even contemplating heading to Philly just to catch an encore performance next month!

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posted by soe 2:56 am

Currant Tomatoes
Our traditional summer Friday evening was spent at the Yards, listening to music and hanging out with friends. This coming Friday is the final one with a live band, although I’d be willing to keep going with a portable speaker and an iPod if others are willing.

Saturday I slept in and did far less than I hoped to or should have. I did get a load of laundry done, floors vacuumed, and bills paid, but no writing, knitting, cooking, or reading. I harvested tomatoes from the garden, admired the seedlings coming up already, and gave everything a generous dousing. Rudi and I concluded the night with a picnic dinner while watching Casablanca al fresco in a nearby park (where I also reached the disappointing conclusion that the new sock I began earlier in the week needed to go down a needle size). Oh, and I came up with an idea for a much-needed trip for me and Rudi.

Today, we hit the farmers market (plum jam!) and the local book sale (Jasper Fforde novel!) and the somewhat overrated Adams Morgan Day Festival. We met up with John and Nicole and ate cupcakes and had drinks (beer for them, hot chocolate for me) and dinner. Rudi and I finished the night with an episode of Doctor Who, while I worked on the sock I’d expected to be be finished with by now.

How was your weekend? Did you do fun things? Tackle projects you wanted to get done?

(weekending with Amanda)

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