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posted Friday, September 17, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 38
A Dyke About Town: Dr. John rocks, Storm go to the Masters
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A Dyke About Town: Dr. John rocks, Storm go to the Masters

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Dr. John
Mercy was joined by her friend, Deliciousness, herself a Louisiana native, for Dr. John's performance at Jazz Alley. Deliciousness said, 'I've been listening to Dr. John for 40 years, and I still can't understand a word he says.' In his long, braided hair, fedora hat, pinstripe suit, and voodoo necklace, Dr. John's gruff voice was up front. His mastery of both organ and piano, decorated with skulls, was undeniable. The band of John Fohl (guitar), David Barard (bass), and Herman Ernest (drums), was tight.

Dr. John opened making the case for 'Keep That Music Simple.' The night continued with 'Tipitina Drive.' Deliciousness said, 'I love honky-tonk piano.' Mercy had to agree.

'Something You Got' had a nice guitar solo by Fohl. In 'New York City Blues,' the bass was funky. 'I Was in the Right Place,' made Mercy and Deliciousness happy, because it was one of Dr. John's signature tunes. People got up and danced.

Dr. John played guitar on "Everything Will Be Just Fine." That surprised Deliciousness, because her research indicated Dr. John used to play guitar, then stopped because of an accident involving a gun. He must be getting healed from that.

"St. James Infirmary" rocked. Dr. John has added some contemporary lyrics to his song "Black Gold": "BP put this spill/If you want to do something about what's happening in Louisiana/Call your congressman/Tell him it's wrong/Remember you are a port city, too."

"There's a Mighty Big Gap Between the Rich and the Poor," made its point, too. "Wild Honey" was as sweet as its title.

In "Jinky Jinx," Dr. John did dueling organ and piano all by himself. It also had a fine guitar solo by Fohl.

"Love for Sale" was delightful. "Why Can't You Leave Me Be" put the blue in bluesy. "When I'm Right I'm Wrong" picked up the pace. The audience showed their pleasure. Dr. John satisfied them with "Ramble All Around."

Storm vs. Dream
Mercy, Cuteness, and the gang were excited that the Storm has made it into the WNBA championship finals against the Atlanta Dream. Cuteness and the rest of the audience were happy to see Iziane Castro Marques, who used to play for Seattle, playing for Atlanta. Cuteness said, "I've missed Izzy."

At the end of the first quarter, legends of the Sonics, Celtics and NBA including Bill Ferguson were introduced. Cuteness said, "Where are the women? Don't get me wrong; I admire these guys. But it wouldn't have been hard to include a female legend."

The game was a rough one, including a foul that was audible in the cheap seats between Jana Vesela and Yelena Leuchanka. We thought the foul was on the Dream player, but it was called the other way. Cuteness points out that the referees tend to favor the opposition so they won't be accused of being unfair in the other direction.

The Storm dominated the Dream most of the first half, but the Dream tied them 39-39 going into halftime. It was tied again in the last two minutes. A Sue Bird two-pointer at two seconds gave Seattle the 79-77 victory.

Izzy had a good game, making 19 points on the other side. LJ made 26 for our side. Camille Little was named MVP with 18. Cuteness said it was a bit too close for a game on our turf. The home court advantage should have done better for us. Mercy says, "A win is a win. Let's see how the rest of the series goes."

The Brides of March
Mercy's friend Assonance told her about Beren deMotier's The Brides of March, and Mercy is very happy about the recommendation. The book is autobiographical and deals with that period when Multnomah County made Gay marriage legal. It is told in beautifully written and funny journal entries.

DeMotier and her partner stood in line when the licenses first became available and got married that day, in case the law might be reversed. There were a handful of couples who did the same thing, whom she calls "The Brides of March." The fact that she and her partner Janine had children 1, 9, and 12 adds to the humor relating to the event. The story turns sad when the marriages are reversed by a court and the possibility of same-sex marriage in Oregon is undone by an election.

Coming Up
On September 22, you can see the Genoa Opera House production of Tosca at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.

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