Today was a much better day for music. Saw lots and lots of shows. Walking all around from stage to stage seeing shows left and right. Started with a little rest at the Backyard Stage seeing Foghorn String Band after walking down to Seattle Center. Then headed over to catch Obo Addy. I decided that since I've seen him before that I'd head over and see Seal in the Memorial Stadium. This was a good decision. Seal put on a great show to a large showing. He really does have a great voice and I enjoyed the performance.
After Seal I headed over to see Nancy Sinatra. The line was huge and the show had already began. So, I decided a beer was needed and jumped in the beer garden behind the Drum Orb Stage. Mass Ensemble's Drum Orb is quite cool. They have this huge globe with drums attached all around it. They also have these two big string instruments. One looks like a harp while the other looks like a big anchor. They would wear gloves and pluck and strum both instruments. Very cool sounds. They had vocals and guitars along with a drum set. They would then invite the crowd up to play on the drum Orb. Fun item that gave me more ideas.
Having the first beer down I headed over to see Throw Rag. My friends saw them last night in Tacoma an thought to see them. Well, it turns out that there wash board guy was off on a family emergency and that was too bad. They are a punk rock band and the washboard would have been interesting to see. But they invited anyone who wanted to come up on stage and play the wash board. I saw one such kid go up there and play with them for a song. That was really cool. They were a big punk rock band and something I haven't seen in a while. I did actually like them. Their music wasn't bad. I decided to leave and head over to see Kiki & Herb.
Kiki & Herb were a piano and singer duel that I would not be able to see because the show was full. Too bad. I would have liked to see them. So, I grabbed some chow and walked over to see Mindy Smith's show. Having seen her for only a short bit I wanted to see her again.
Her show was good. Huge crowd at the Backyard Stage filling the lawn. She would put on a show and then leave about 5 minutes before her time was up but left on a good note. Now here comes the biggest stupidest thing ever. The crowd having enjoyed a great show is leaving. Getting up and heading to the next show. In fact, many have left when the stage hand comes out and pumps up the crowd to get them to cheer and bring her back for an encore. Ugh! This just sucks. Do you really need your ego pumped up? Just finish the show. This is the reason why encores suck. It was a good note to leave on. She didn't need to do an encore. If she wanted to play more then fine but don't leave and have the crowd go then try the encore and if you need someone on stage to cheer the crowd then that is a problem.
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