I first experienced Butch Thompson’s piano and clarinet playing in 1966 when I was 17 years old and regularly sneaking into the Emporium of Jazz in Mendota to hear the Hall Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band and try out my moves on the tiny Funky Butt dance floor. (Above right photo thumbnail links to the MNHS collection photo of the Hall Brothers. Butch is 3rd from the right.) See his history page for more, as well as this ArtSwirl blog post on his trio’s performance tonight at The Grand, the launch of Northfield’s First Annual Jazz Festival. Here’s a YouTube video of his trio from 2007:
The Savage Aural Hotbed performed on Bridge Square last night, launching ArtSwirl 2009. I hope to have some video posted, but for now, see the album of ten photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:
Also, see Doug Bratland’s photo album posted to the ArtSwirl blog, as well as the comment thread at Northfield.org.
Saturday’s Tour d’ Art bike tour (part of ArtSwirl) begins with a dedication ceremony for the Peggy Prowe Pedestrian Bridge, part of the Mill Towns Trail. There’s now a bronze Rotary International plaque on the bridge, as the Northfield Rotary Club has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the bridge, primarily via its annual Jesse James Bike Tour. See the poster (PDF) for more details.
Our radio show/podcast guest this week (accompanied by Jesse and Milo) was Jessica Paxton, spokesperson for the NDDC’s 2009 ArtSwirl, “Northfield’s annual community-wide celebration of music, dance, theater, and literary and visual arts.” See the new ArtSwirl blog (created by Doug Bratland) for all the event details.
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