Dena Harris went to hear live music last night. In public. After 5pm. I know because she went with me.
While working from The Green Bean during the afternoon, I bumped into Sean who wondered if I was coming out last night. "Out" was a reference to the monthly dotmatrix project show at The Green Burro. (Yes, out-of-town readers, Greensboro does actually have local businesses without the color green in their names. Promise.) Mostly because there's been so much going on lately, not because I knew Queen Anne's Revenge and the Leeves were playing last night, I'd figured I'd probably pass and get some much-needed rest. It's not that I'm not sometimes in the mood to hear punk music - there are actually times when I am in the mood to enjoy just about any kind of music out there, punk included. But I hadn't been feelin' it lately. Never mind, I told Sean "maybe" and later while Dena and I were catching up, I heard myself saying, "Wanna' go hear some music later?"
She. Said. Yes.
And had fun, too. As did I. In spite of the fact that I'm pretty sure I'm getting too old to go hear punk bands. Pity.
Here's the thing about the dotmatrix project. In addition to the structural concept that relies on phenomenal collaborative efforts, another reason this is such an important part of Greensboro's arts community is that they don't limit the performing acts to any genre. I have heard gospel music at a dmp show. And folk. And rock. Having missed some shows, I'm not 100% on this, but I think there's been some reggae. I'm not doing the lineup a service. I'm writing fast...missing a lot. But you can see for yourself. Music lovers should check out these live recordings at Last.fm.
Next month? Rockabilly! January 29, 8:30pm, The Tremors w/ Matt Hill & The Buzzkillz!
PS: I have photos of Dena from last night if anybody wants to see.