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    Hi Guys, just a quick note for today.  

     

    Over the last couple years many of us have really missed live music, an energized crowd, the smell of a venue, having fun with friends, and using all five senses to experience our favorite artists. Last night I attended my first concert since I don't know when. All I can say is, it was fantastic to be back! 

     

    I saw Minneapolis's own Dessa perform across town at the Turf Club in St. Paul. Dessa is an incredibly talented artist that I'd yet to see live, until last night. From the moment she stepped on stage the vibe of the crowd, her command of the entire place, and of course the pounding of the club's sound system gave me chills. I had to pinch myself a few times and ask, is this really taking place right now? This isn't virtual right?

     

    There's nothing like seeing real talent, in real time, and experiencing all the little but easily overlooked items involved with a live show. Having my ticket scanned, getting my wrist stamped, checking out the front of house console, hearing glasses clank before the show started, etc... While virtual shows may be comfortable, nothing can take the place of a live music experience. It can never be outsourced, imitated, or duplicated. 

     

    Go out and see a show!

     

     

    Here's a video of the track 5 Out Of 6 from last night's show:

     

     

     


    Here's a track from Dessa's album Sound The Bells with the Minnesota Orchestra, called Velodrome. The 250-meter wooden velodrome here in Minnesota in the video has since been demolished :~(

     

     

     

     


    Here's a video from a local news channel last nigh, about the Turf Club

     

     



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    Two week ago our government decided that if you could provide a negative test or proof of full vaccination you didn’t need to uphold the 1.5 m rule. So all indoor cafes and discotheques could open which was a bit of a surprise to everyone. 
    Now we have new restrictions no discotheques, no indoor cafe unless seated + 1.5 m, no outdoor festivals and that’s a big thing in Holland, everything closes at 24:00h.

    The COVID infectious 7th folded in those two weeks, not in hospital counts that stayed low. The youth infections skyrocket. Almost everyone over 55 who wants a vacation is fully vaccinated. Thanks D variant.

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    It's a shame about the club and other businesses that were damaged and looted in the protests. America really needs to deal with its racial issues. Protests are a symptom, not the root problem.

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    There is a new Lambda variant in South America as well. I haven't seen anything that said it has been found here in the US. 

     

    However, from the article:  https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/08/health/lambda-variant-covid-peru.html

     

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    “I think some of the interest is just based on the fact that there’s a new variant, and it has a new name,” said Nathaniel Landau, a microbiologist at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine who is studying the new coronavirus variants.

     

    “But I don’t think there’s any more reason to be concerned than before we knew about this variant,” Dr. Landau added. No evidence so far suggests that Lambda will outcompete Delta, the highly transmissible variant that’s now dominating most of the world. “There’s no reason to think that this is now something worse than Delta.”

     

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    Herd immunity is now back on the table in the UK now that at-risk groups are fully vaccinated. 

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    17 hours ago, botrytis said:

    I agree with one stipulation, Covid is not over by any means. My wife and I have tickets to see Genesis coming up, but with the Covid resurgence, in the US, I worry that concerts will be a breeding ground for more cases. It has already happened and an outside festival in Colorado.

     

    I will be masked up, when we see Genesis. If people don't like it? TOUGH.

    Things are starting to open up in the UK.  Live music venues can open now, albeit with capacity and other restrictions.  From July 19th the restrictions on capacity will be lifted, and we will be heading back to normal, or to a "new normal" at least.  It is not just music venues of course, there have been (and will be Sunday) attendances of 60,000 people for the finals for the Euro 2020 (2021) football tournament, and larger numbers planned for the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone next week.  So how might this work out?  To quote:

     

    “The UK is in an absolutely unique position,” says Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh. “We have the biggest Delta outbreak in a well-vaccinated country. We are a petri dish for the world.”

     

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/02/we-are-a-petri-dish-world-watches-uks-race-between-vaccine-and-virus

     

    As things stand at the time of writing, confirmed cases are doubling about every six days, but hospitalisations and fatalities are rising relatively slowly.  

     

    So keep a watchful eye out for how it is going in the UK, we'll keep you informed.

     

    One final thought, I really would not like to be one of the relatively low number UK residents who are "vaccine hesitant" at the moment.

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    In Missouri and Arkansas, there is the Delta plus variant now.

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    19 minutes ago, botrytis said:

    In Missouri and Arkansas, there is the Delta plus variant now.

    I heard on CNN that Delta is not only present, but it is the dominant strain.

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    4 hours ago, Confused said:

    Things are starting to open up in the UK.  Live music venues can open now, albeit with capacity and other restrictions.  From July 19th the restrictions on capacity will be lifted, and we will be heading back to normal, or to a "new normal" at least.  It is not just music venues of course, there have been (and will be Sunday) attendances of 60,000 people for the finals for the Euro 2020 (2021) football tournament, and larger numbers planned for the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone next week.  So how might this work out?  To quote:

     

    “The UK is in an absolutely unique position,” says Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh. “We have the biggest Delta outbreak in a well-vaccinated country. We are a petri dish for the world.”

     

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/02/we-are-a-petri-dish-world-watches-uks-race-between-vaccine-and-virus

     

    As things stand at the time of writing, confirmed cases are doubling about every six days, but hospitalisations and fatalities are rising relatively slowly.  

     

    So keep a watchful eye out for how it is going in the UK, we'll keep you informed.

     

    One final thought, I really would not like to be one of the relatively low number UK residents who are "vaccine hesitant" at the moment.

    I believe most Brits have had the AstraZeneca vaccine? It is reportedly not as effective vs. Delta. Most North Americans who've been vaccinated had RNA types. I heard yesterday there are Gamma and Lambda variants, and more to come. We'll be due for boosters soon.

     

    Ontario has just entered Stage Three restrictions, which allows for indoor concerts:

     

    "The number of members of the public at an indoor seated concert, event, performance or movie within the concert venue, theatre or cinema at any one time must not exceed 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity for the concert venue, theatre or cinema, or 1,000 persons, whichever is less."

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    OK, who wrote the lyric.? "Language is a Virus"?   I will buy the winner a drink, when it is safe!!!

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    ...the lyric was popularized (at least for me) by Laurie Anderson, but it was taken from William Burroughs. After a second glass of wine...I'd have to look up the specific text. I think that's correct, @NOMBEDESbut I am on a second glass on a fine evening in upstate NY...

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    ...my first experiments with R2R were with tape loops based on Laurie Anderson's violin performance piece...where the bow was recorded magnetic tape and a tape head was on the violin body. OMG. That was a lot of fun...li, li, li, listen to my heart beat. OK, that's the wine talking now...

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    I had tickets to see Dessa and Thievery Corporation last Sunday afternoon at San Francisco’s open air Stern Grove.  Between the bad weather and the rise in San Francisco of Delta, and even though I am Moderna vaccinated, I chickened out and opted instead for the live feed.  I have a couple of

     

    Dessa’s albums as downloads, but was surprised that she seemed so affable and outgoing live, backed by the same musicians who accompanied her in Minneapolis.  For me, though, the real attraction was Thievery Corporation, which never seems to disappoint.  In any event, all of the musicians on stage clearly were thrilled to be performing in front of live audiences.

     

    SFJazz today announced its live performance season, beginning in September, after 18 months of only streaming past performances.  It looks like a sensational season and I hope that Delta no longer will be a concern by the time the Jazz Center reopens at full capacity.

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