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February 14, 2007
I'd heard of "the ABC No Rio",
but I did not understand.
I had to consult the wikipedia
article to get it: this is a
good old-fashioned 80s kind of
place, which went from squat
to non-profit, and at long last
won a long political fight
with the Manhattan bureaucracy.
I mentioned to smurph that I'd
been there, and he immediately SMURPH
commented "Yeah! That place has
survived even though CBGBs has And the tiny "Other
gone under." Music" has *outlasted*
the fall of the gigantic
"Tower Records" across
The "ABC No Rio" is the street.
located far out east on
Rivington Street, once Which makes the
isolated, now in the name "Other Music"
overlapping zone of the problematic.
edges of two (or three?)
relatively "hip" Something like
neighborhoods. "Indie" Rock
The place has an entryway of mainstream,
industrial steel, the ceiling which it
a forest of inverted metal clearly has...
tulips, all lit in a green
flourescent light. (Well... it's
We trot up and down the stairs Musak. I guess).
before finding the performance
space, a crowded room with
plaster falling from the ceiling...
The occasion was the Blaise Siwula
event "C.O.M.A. - citizens
ontological music agenda" where we
gathered for a New Years Eve of
And we were feeling right at
home: it was the Usual BEANBENDERS
Suspects, east-coast variety...
Getting the names straight was hard...
it was hard to convince them that
there really were two actual audience You know you've found
members, and we really didn't know who some *real* music when
*everyone* was. the band outnumbers
Bonnie Kane (sax)
Jamie McLaughlin (vox, spoons, and mic)
Ed Chang (bowed guitar) Back at the KZSU reunion,
Motoko (vox & party horns) I pulled a "Spin-17" disk
Scott May (violin) out of the library --
Chris Welcome (cello) a crowd of DJs were
Robyn Siwula (viola/violin) stunned and intrigued.
Diana Wayburn (piano, flute, etc)
Ken Silverman (guitar)
Shayna Dulberger (contrabass)
And I think I heard these names
Scott Rosenberg But that could not have
Karen ___ been the west coast/
Will Ourzo (sp?) Chicago Scott Rosenberg,
Lazlo (sp?) (violin) or we would've
(french horn) recognized him.
(sax, visiting from LA)
And there may have been folks there named:
But mysteries remain.
(who *was* that guy on
piano in the russian hat
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