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Mark and Deb invited us to go see Ani DiFranco in concert. I wasn’t all that familiar with her music, but I seem to recall hearning that she is a singer/songwriter folksinger (like, say, Sarah McLachlan or the Indigo Girls), which I normally like. And since Mark and Deb had a couple of extra tickets and offered to treat us, it made it easy to be a little experimental :-)

The show was in an auditorium of the campus of UC Davis, which is a 2 or 3 hour drive away, on a Friday evening, so we all took the afternoon off to try to avoid the commuter rush. None of us had ever seen a show there, so we didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be essentially a big gymnasium, with mats laid out over the floor. It was general admission, so it was lucky we came early, to get a good spot on the floor. While we waited, Nancy (who came well prepared :-) gave Deb a crochet lesson.

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The floor filled up pretty quickly, and I guess I am getting old, ’cause I don’t know when I’ve seen more tattoos, green, blue, purple, or pink hair, and pierced body parts. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised, given that we were on a college campus in California. Then again, there were also a few older hippies around too. (I’ll have to ask Tom and Chan if that’s what the kids look like back in Iowa these days :-). Eventually the show started, and it was really good. Mark (always prepared) brought enough earplugs for us all, for which we were very grateful!

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Ani DiFranco is not just a good singer — she’s a good entertainer too. She tells interesting stories between songs, and talks with the audience. Everyone was very enthusiastic, and the band seemed to pick up on that energy.

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Most concerts I’ve been to have been by musicians whose music I was already familiar with, so it was kind of fun to be hearing songs for the first time while people all around me were singing along!

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Mark brought along his portable mini-recording equipment, and was able to make a CD of the show. Apparently, Ani approves of her fans doing this, since hearing a live show seems to actually encourage more record sales. So we got to listen to the show again on the drive home, this time at a reasonable volume. :-)

(Since I didn’t get any close up pictures myself, here’s a picture of Ani I “borrowed” from a fan website.)

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