Live from under the canopy

cityhall.jpgThe wonderful Friday noontime open-air free music series outside city hall deserves a better venue, or at least a shelter for the musicians that’s more in keeping with city hall. I was hoping to get by today to hear what the Eggmen are like and capture a better image but that was not to be. This is from Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones or maybe from Conjunto Los Pinkys. Yes; the canopy provides shade. That’s what it was designed to do. It appears to be one of those makeshift carports sold at Home Depot and such places. The steps are not the most comfortable place for the audience, either, although there is a bit of shade there. This time of year, an early arrival will net a seat in the shade on a bench across the side street. It’s really too bad that a covered bandstand was not part of the architects’ commission when city hall was designed. Perhaps some philanthropist will step forward and pay for the design and construction of something better or perhaps in time the budget of the oddly and bureaucratically named “Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office” will enable something better. Are there cultural non-arts? Cultural crafts? Non-cultural arts? Shouldn’t we be suspicious of a “redevelopment” office? Wasn’t a “development” office once good enough? Anyhow, the free music continues on through the end of October this year. I’m especially looking forward to Bert Rivera, Catavento, and the Gulf Coast Playboys, but I’ve never yet been disappointed by any of this music.

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