To do: Groove Walk, PJL4A, and bands I've never heard

This weekend is a sweet one.

First, Friday brings two bands that I’ve never heard before, but thought I should mention them because they have really great names. Getaway Rickshaw will play at Croc’s Pub (9 p.m., no cover) and Johnny and the Boomers will be at Big Cities (call for times/prices/Info: 965-6026). With names like that, you can’t go wrong.

As I understand it from a friend, Getaway Rickshaw is funny rock ‘n’ roll, with a great deal of ribald humor in their songs on par with David Allen Coe.

Next, we have Groove Walk May 14. For only $5-$7, you have the ability to check out Cosmic Donkey at Carlyle Brewing Co., Dean Moriarty at the Irish Rose, Opan Jii at Paragon and Whalebone at Octane (as well as many other bands listed in the Music Calendar). Definitely go to the brewery if you haven’t paid attention to all my gushing about Donkey. Dean Moriarty is always steady, straight ahead and entertaining jazz. Opan Jii and Whalebone spring to mind because I haven’t seen either one of them play in a long while, although I have fond memories of their shows.

Some ask why should I pay $7 to hang out downtown at the bar I go to every Saturday night? Because Groove Walk is worth it. There’s usually a trolley for people who shouldn’t be driving, there are always good drink specials, and the money spent is helping pay the musicians.

If the maddening crowds of Groove Walk get to you, come down and see me and my friends perform at Mary’s Place. Poetic Justice League is doing our thing, as well as giving the mic to any rappers/poets who want to participate in an open mic. Artwork by local artists will be exhibited. Cover is $3, or $5 for couples.

That doesn’t even cover everything that’s happening in the wilds of downtown, so reference our music, community and arts calendars for everything else!

From the May 11-17, 2005, issue

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