Saturday, June 16, 2007

bye-bye, blow kings

The Blow Kings are...ah, were a band comprised of several of my friends from college. They all have day jobs but for the past 8 or 9 years they've done gigs here and there on the weekends. Over that time I've seen them play many, many times, so have John and the kids and it's always fun. Unfortunately, they decided to call it quits and before they did they had a party in a park right near our house, with a BBQ and a magic show for the kids, and finally the last Blow Kings concert.

The kids got souvenir kazoos.

The girls had a great time, as usual, and the funniest event of the day is hard to pin down. First of all, the Blow Kings' music is pretty silly. They either take a popular song and change the words, as they do with the song "The Right Stuff" by New Kids on the Block, changing it to "The White Stuff" and they sing about the middle of an oreo cookie. Or they leave the original lyrics and act out the song while playing it, usually in costume. The result is sometimes pretty disturbing (sorry about the lighting, it was too mixed up for my camera to adjust to properly):

And then there was Erin, who wanted to sit with Jessica and a couple of other friends she knows who were closer to the band than we were. When I returned to John and the twins Erin had kicked off her sandals and stood up and started dancing and playing her kazoo. With that new-age-ish skirt she had on today and bare feet and unique grooving she looked like a flower child dancing at woodstock.

And after a little while Kate noticed Erin and decided to join in on her dance party.

We're going to miss seeing them, but it was fun while it lasted.

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