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Archive for May 18th, 2008

East Lansing Art Fair

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

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I spent two days in downtown East Lansing, Michigan this weekend. It miraculously delivered almost-dry weather, though this festival is legendary for its ability to draw rainy days. I felt a little sprinkling for a few minutes on Saturday, although there were mean gusts of wind which occasionally broke artpieces which had been on display for sale (boo hoo).

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I do not tolerate cold well, so I bundled up properly and dove into the first summery event of the year. I was SO ready for this season, for snow-defying events, that I decided to load up the wool and pretend it was summer. I’m glad I did.

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The first day, Jen Sygit opened the main stage. What a talent. Yes, she’s my friend but I admired her work long before I knew her personally. She has a rich and expressive voice, she writes wonderful lyrics, has serious talent on the guitar, attracts great backup musicians, and writes songs so rich (lyric and melody) that you find yourself singing them the rest of the day. She’s remarkably humble about all this, but I’m a serious fan and I rushed myself to the festival so that I could hear her set.

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Other friends who played on Saturday were Laura Bates and Brandon Foote (with friend Joe Bakaitis on bass). They closed down the festival at the west stage. These guys have been playing music with one another for many years, in a good number of bands including Hot Toe Mitty which got good press when they were together. Laura has a beautiful trained voice (without pretense) and I especially enjoy her vocals.

Here are photos from the two above shows! (Notice the dancing child in the first photo.)