Our dear friends Pat and Doug stopped by the house the other day. It was a lovely treat. We hadn't seen Pat in too long, and Doug came bearing gifts: a cool old book on trains from the 40's for Leo, and some vintage local papers, the Psychadelic Boneyards and Fingerprint Files. I finally got the printer working again (why is it that they won't SCAN when they don't have ink? Infuriating) and took the time to scan one of the articles. I didn't do a good enough job to get Photoshop to photomerge them but I'm too impatient.
Could this be the nascent birth of our house concerts? I had completely forgotten that this was in here. My friend, Eileen, and I wanted something fun to do on Halloween in 1982 so we decided to…well, put on a show. We trotted around downtown Champaign (which was a very different place back then) looking for a place. We landed upon the Jefferson Building, the old Masonic Hall on Hill and State. We rented the theatre and got to collecting bands. The B-Lovers (pre-Turning Curious), Milktoast, the Erasers (why don't I remember them? Who was in that band?), and the debut of the Outnumbered. I remember a phone call from someone that thought they weren't high enough up on the bill…I think I let Eileen deal with that one. Heh. Milktoast HAD to play last as Pat Daily was playing somewhere else earlier that night.
Bernie made a flyer, Jack Rundle got something in the DI, we bought pumpkins and black balloons.
Good lord, how cute. We took in enough money to pay the B-Lovers a bit. Someone stole a sign so we lost a hundred dollars on that, but we came out with enough money to go to dinner.
I wonder why we never did it again.
"One of the best local musical events of the year."
Look, there's Ernie in the back: