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I am coming to realize that...

...there is life after Honk! Fest. It involves resisting the urge to dance to the sound of brass bands playing in my head. And repeatedly searching Flickr and Youtube to see if anyone captured Scene of the Crime Rovers in action. I haven't come up with much, but there are some cool videos and pics of other bands floating around. Here is one I really liked: a spontaneous jam on the subway (yes, on the subway) is inevitable when members of different bands find themselves heading to the festivities on the same train.

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Honk! Fest

I'm back from Honk! Fest

It was an amazing experience.  We performed 3 times in 2 days (two 1-hour sets and a parade of ~2 miles), danced the nights away (and surely suffered partial hearing loss) at late-night jams, mingled/listened to/played with lots of the other fun bands.  Honk! brought together 25 bands from all over the US and even from other countries (Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble from Montreal and Titubanda from Rome, Italy).  One of my personal favorites was the MarchFourth Marching Band - a professional circus troupe big band in a class of its own.  I came to both of their shows and danced my little heart out in the big outdoor crowd.  Then one of their stilt walkers "danced" with me and gave me a sticker with their logo.  What more could a 5-year-old  a 29-year-old anyone want to forget about everything for a few moments and experience pure happiness? 

Scene of the Crime Rovers stood out among the other groups with our improvisational pieces and attracted some new fans.  One of them is syarzhuk - check out his post here and enjoy the silliest photo of the weekend. 

On Monday I had to go back to work.  It was difficult, and not just because I needed more sleep and relief for my very sore body.  I so wanted to continue replaying the many moments of this adventurous weekend and continue to hear the brass bands in my head.  At the same time I had no choice but to get dressed for work, get in the car, drive to the office, and get back to whatever it is that I get paid to do all day.  It was a contradictory and almost painful experience. 

Now that I wrote this post I feel a little bit better.

I can't wait until our next show.

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Show tonight - downtown Durham

Scene of the Crime Rovers will be performing at CCB plaza at 7pm tonight (near the bull)  

A great way to start the weekend :)

Friday July 18
6 – 9pm at the CCB Plaza in Downtown Durham

Swap-O-Rama Rama!
The Scrap Exchange will produce an outdoor Swap-O-Rama Rama including a giant clothing swap and DIY stations for altering clothes.

Live music and imitation film featuring:

The Scene of the Crime Rovers
7:00 PM     Durham’s Rag Tag Independent Roving Band

Triangle Soundpainting Orchestra with A/V Artist Jim Kellough
8:45pm     Imitation Film, Imitation Lullaby
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Our band was chosen as part of Great Eight 2008 in the News & Observer!  This is an annual feature that highlights local musical acts to watch during the year.  Needless to say, we were a unique member of the line-up.  As part of the feature they created this video of our band.

 Here is the full multimedia feature from N&O.

The piece performed in the video was written by one of our band members.

PS: I could not be part of this video - this was the day after we returned from Israel and I was really sick with the flu should have gotten a flu shot ugh   However I probably made up for my absence at that rehearsal by spending the equivalent time wathcing this lively video.
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Durham Holiday Parade

Last weekend our marching band was in the Durham Holiday Parade, and I added several more blocks in downtown Durham to places where I have walked right down the middle of the street.  We participated together with the Scrap Exchange, which was fun because some people created crazy costumes right before the parade.

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I also learned that there are a few drawbacks to actually being in the parade as opposed to watching the procession: 1) you don't get to see much of the other participants, and 2) usually cannot take pictures because of #1 and because it is inconvenient/unsafe to carry a camera on you.  However, we did get to see some of the other participants before the parade while we were all waiting in the staging area - and I even found a few photos of the parade on Flickr.  (Thanks to whoever posted them!)
There were some rather unusual entries in the parade that spiced up the flow of high school marching bands, floats, and numerous community and children's groups.  These included a group of VW enthusiasts (we almost ended up walking right behind them, yikes), the Book Cart Drill Team (sponsored by the public library), and what must be the city's tiniest minivan (sponsored by a local pawn shop).  Another really surprising parade entry were the several garbage trucks.  From what I gathered they were recently acquired by the city of Durham, and as they slowly made their way down the parade route, the trucks demonstrated their state-of-the-art features by moving their strange appendages.  Very, very strange.