Day 3 was the BEST day! Immersive Studios is a stylin’ two-level recording studio nestled away in the industrial eastern rim of Boulder. It took some hunting to find the place because the city had walled off the main route to Immersive, trying to stop the dharma! But we made it there — the “we” being myself and two hitchhikers I spotted carrying a guitar. Figured they were headed to the third day of Dhamapalooza and sure enough they were. Terri or Kerri and… Ok I am exceptionally gifted at erasing names from my consciousness, but they were nice people! About forty people showed up at Immersive, maybe a few more, which was substantially fewer people than the earlier days, and that made for a much better environment for me, certainly, and possibly for everyone — though probably mostly for me. Reason being, I could hear people, and I could walk up to people and say hello without a hundred other people running in between like linebackers (finally got to say hi to Kismet in person again; she’s so cute!). I even got to finally relax around Stuart, and it was nice to at last have that stress burden gone, just gone. I’ve met Stuart Davis. I should say a few words about what this day was about: performance by Stuart’s fans. Stuart stood on the Ikea paper-lamp decorated stage and did a pair of acoustics (ok, actually not Ikea, I think they were Target lamps with Target color-shifting LED nightlights inside, but I won’t tell), and then the talented got up on stage one by one, mostly playing just one song each and then turning to the next person. Some fantastic vocals among them, and some poetry, even a Christo-religious number which I granted enough respect to sing along to when cued, figuring he’d granted us Buddhists or Buddhist-esques our respect by being there this weekend (despite my tendency to react emotionally, instinctively, against organized western religion). A few numbers were acapella, and some played Stuart’s guitar. One person even got up, strapped on Stu’s gear, said how good it felt to be holding Stu’s guitar… and then put it down and confessed he’s a vocalist who doesn’t actually play guitar.
I took my advice from Day 2 and quieted my inner voice for much of the day too (‘cept when that Christian was around, then I was all ready to leap into action, though what action that would be I have no idea). And I picked up that CD by the rap artist who opened the show at Trilogy yesterday — his performing name is Akilimanjaro (“bringing joy, not sorrow”) and his website is streams7.tripod.com. I suppose he’ll get a real URL when he releases his first pressed disc; the disc I bought is cd-r (but it’s magic markered personally by him or his family, so, cool!!!).
That completes the trilogy of days. Sorry no pics from me except this one thumbnail sized one, but there were some other folks taking pics; some will turn up. That’s Stuart Davis on stage and his clone, Stuart7, in the audience. Not it isn’t.