Written on July 1, 2008
So I’m looking down the barrel at one hell of a fun couple of weeks. While my luck didn’t grant me the privilege to head down to Orlando this weekend for the Nerdapalooza festivities, it has tossed me a few bones to compensate.
First up, this Saturday is the DC (actually Vienna, VA) stop on what I am referring to as the Monsters of WRock tour (if you get the joke, you get the prize, a nice new hearing aide!), featuring Draco and the Malfoys, The Remus Lupins, The Whomping Willows, and Justin Finch-Fletchley. Interestingly enough, the show is at the same place that Church and I saw the Lupins and the Willows last year. Exactly how so much unadulterated WRock is going to fit in such a tiny room, is going to be half the fun of going.
Saturday is only a warm up though, the following Wednesday, the real fun starts. First, I head out to the Birchmere to catch The Mickey Hart Band. For those who don’t know who Mickey Hart is, which I’m assuming is all of you, he was one of the drummers for the Grateful Dead. I’ve seen him half a dozen times, in various groups, and he has never failed to deliver an amazingly fun show. Not to mention, a night hanging out with random deadheads is always recommended.
The day after loosening up with Mickey, I hop on a plane and head out to Dallas to attend Portus for four days of WRock. Groups include, The Mudbloods, The Moaning Myrtles, Owl Post, Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls, Fred Lives, Ministry of Magic, The House of Black, The Remus Lupins (again), The Whomping Willows (also, again), and probably some folks I’m missing. The kids over at the ‘pedia have put together a handy schedule of WRock related events, which you can see here. Of course, an event this size inevitably leads to conflicts. I’m already looking at missing the second Myrtles set to catch the live AlleyCast recording. It also looks like I’m going to have to miss my chance to see the Wizard Rockumentary so that I can see Owl Post. Luckily, the girls should have DVDs to sell, so I’ll be able to catch it later.
I return from Portus on Monday. Tuesday will be reentry day, followed by a couple days of work. Then the following Sunday, the festivities are book-ended by another Mickey set, this time up in Baltimore.
I’ve got a new laptop that will be making the trek to Portus with me, and I’m really tempted to pick up a video camera for the festivities. Expect something from me. Though, if you don’t hear anything from me before the end of August, don’t worry. I’m either still recovering or have gone on tour.