Cassi Creek: We met friends at The Down Home last night to see Sol Driven Train in concert. The night began with Gloria and me dining at a new Johnson City Restaurant, Korean Taco House.
The venue is small seating maybe150. The band began playing somewhat quietly. The sound was a bit muddy with the vocals buried. Sadly, it never improved. The instrumental quality was excellent, with a great interplay between the trombone player and the saxophonist.
The 2nd set started off with the output to the hall far too high for a venue of that size. From there it progressed to painful. I’d go see them again but I’d want sonic valve earplugs.
Today we attended a medical marijuana rally in Johnson City. Turnout was about 200-250. Gloria and I were both interviewed by local TV. Her sign and my jacket both made the 1800 news cast. We expect more film at 2300.
The crowd makeup was about 33% older, chronically ill, veterans, etc. Another third would have been at home on Shakedown St. The final third was comprised of relatively diverse people. I came close to blows with an older woman who screamed in my ear intentionally. Later she decided to insert herself into my interview. I was annoyed and the reporter nonplussed. Discretion kicked in and I said nothing to her.
The day was cold, topping out around 37 °F with rain and snow. Not a great day for a rally and not a great day to encounter such rudeness. There was an immense amount of screaming taking place as cars drove by and honked in support. After last night, I found that physically painful today. Getting old.
We stopped by the Korean Taco House and brought home dinner tonight.