Thursday, September 8, 2005
Our favorite survival story continues toward a happy ending.
Charles Horton is back at The Center for Movement Arts, teaching Salsa Rueda at 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
During my whirlwind visit to Wyoming, I stopped at a bar called Karen & Jim's to see one of my favorite performers. Chad Lore puts on the best one-man show I've seen in any town, anywhere.
Lore usually stands on a slab of wood and tap dances a rhythm as he plays his guitar and sings whatever request is yelled from the crowd.
Within the time it took me to drink one 12 oz. Fat Tire, Lore sang a song by The Cars, sang in Greek for the Greek bar owner's wedding anniversary and strapped a bicycle helmet to his head with duct tape before riding a unicycle around the room while playing a ukulele and singing "Cotton-Eyed Joe."
I got back into town just in time for the last Free Summer Concert Series performance by Cracker. Between social laps, I found myself intermittently transfixed by the prominently placed box of Cheez-Its and the accordion stylings of Kenny Margolis. By the end of the show, I decided to start playing the accordion. And also to paint my accordion with flames, just like Kenny's.
Where did Johnny move?
The biggest question at the Cracker show after-party at Levelz was, "Where did Johnny Hickman move?" On stage during the free concert and again during his solo acoustic show, Hickman mentioned that he finally moved to Colorado. He said he had fallen in love here, that his wife is from here and that he has a house here.
We looked at his groupies and tried to guess what town they were from.
I was going to shout, "What's your address, Johnny?" when I realized that would be less fan and more stalker. Instead, I decided to listen to the music.
As he played some fun music from his new solo album, one superfan called out the name of the song, "Little Queen Bee." Hickman looked a little embarrassed and asked, "How does that go?"
She rattled off the lyrics to jog his memory.
-- Autumn Phillips