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posted Friday, August 19, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 33
A Dyke About Town: k.d. lang performs Zoo Tunes' concert of the year
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A Dyke About Town: k.d. lang performs Zoo Tunes' concert of the year

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Tracy Nelson
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed Tracy Nelson at Jazz Alley on August 9. Nelson was celebrating her new album, Victim of the Blues.

Here is a story from Cuteness: 'When I was 17 and living in Austin, Texas, Tracy Nelson came to town to do a show. My friend and I went to see her show, but when we got there, it was sold out. We were crushed because we really wanted to see her perform. This was 40 years ago - I think it was 1971 or maybe 1970, not sure. Anyway, when her car showed up to drop her off at the performance, we approached her and told her our tale of woe. She laughed that great laugh of hers and said, 'Come with me.' So the eager puppies that we were, we wagged our tails and followed her. When we got to the stage door, she told security, 'These ladies are with me.' She was so gracious. It was a fabulous show, of course. I've been a fan ever since. And I finally got to thank her, 40 years later, for being so swell!'

Tracy had long gray hair and a powerful low voice. Alan Kaatz's guitar was slick. Keyboards by Larry Guthrie were rocking. The evening was all blues. High points were 'Victim of the Blues,' 'Shoot My Baby,' and 'You Are My Strongest Weakness.' About 'Down So Low,' Nelson said, 'It has been very good to me.' She received a standing ovation for that song.

k.d. lang
k.d. lang's concert at Zoo Tunes on August 10, featured perfect weather for the outdoor venue. Her opening act, Secret Sisters, had a nice country sound. High points were 'Four Walls,' 'Your Cheating Heart,' and 'Crazy.'

When k.d. came out, Mercy liked her Elvis hair and moves. Cuteness liked her flirtatious energy and the way she worked every side of the stage. Her distinctive deep voice brought them home.

She opened with 'I Confess,' a satisfying pop original. 'Take Me Down' followed in the same vein. 'Miss Chatelaine' was justifiably one of her most famous songs. 'Sing it Loud' was another pleasing original. 'Heaven Is a Place' was a nice rendition of a Talking Heads song.

lang's moving interpretation of the Leonard Cohen song 'Hallelujah' earned her a standing ovation, including from Mercy and Cuteness, even though they are disabled.

'Western Stars' showed k.d.'s skill as a country songwriter. 'The Perfect Word' and 'One of These Days' showed her skill as a pop songwriter. 'Lifetime Plan' was a fine cover.

lang joked about the banjo being a chick magnet before singing 'It's Saturday Night.' 'Constant Craving' earned another standing ovation, and was Cuteness' favorite.

'Red Dirt' was an old country original. 'Sugar Buzz' gained another standing ovation. 'The Rest of My Life' closed the evening perfectly.

Cuteness noted that k.d.'s album Ingenue was voted one of the 100 most influential Gay albums by Out.com.

Storm vs. Dream
August 13 was Sue Bird night, with the Storm honoring her decade with them. The Atlanta Dream massacred the Storm 92-63. Former Storm player Iziane Castro Marques contributed 17 points to the defeat, as did Angel McCoughtry. Katie Smith earned 15 points, Swin Cash 14, and Sue Bird 10.

Cuteness said, 'That game was terrible. It wasn't even interesting letting the rookies play - they couldn't get anything in, either. A lot of people were off. Izzie had a terrific game. Except for Sue Bird, Katie Smith, and Swin Cash, everyone was off.'

Consistency said, 'The Dream was smoother.'

Cuteness added, 'And way more aggressive in their defense. We weren't functioning as a team. Communication was off. Sue Bird wasn't shooting much in the second half.'

Consistency said, 'I wonder when Lauren Jackson will be back. It would have been more fun if they had won.'

Cuteness said, 'At 13-11, and fourth in the league, it's not looking good for the playoffs.'

Puddletown's Polygon Wilde!
Mercy recommends you try 'Polygon Wilde! (The Dance That Dare Not Speak its Name),' August 24 from 7-9 p.m. at Washington Hall (14th Ave. and Fir St.). It is a very fun group activity.

Puddletown says, 'It's a Gay square dance 'coming out' party, and we're inviting all our friends! Puddletown Squares is kicking open Grandma's rusty barn doors and busting out of the 'quaint' shadows with Polygon Wilde! & Expect to hear pop music, salsa, ethnic, bebop, or swing, keeping it exciting and fresh!'

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