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Winter 2003
Issue #2

November - February 2004

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Bynum's Corner Word Games

The Dissapperance of Childhood
Sarah Trachtenburgh

There's something about Crystal Boots
Drayton Patriota
Debate/Retort by Little Lamb
The Apothecary and Mr. Cesnek
Chrystie Hopkins
A Stroll Down Shakedown Street
Caleb Estabrooks
Out of the Box, Into my Hands
Derek Gumuchian
Travel Log of a Colorado Girl
Erin Hopkins
Santa Fe
Chrystie Hopkins
How to find your friends at IT!
Rob Hansen
Meniscus New Years Picks
Sound Tribe Sector 9: Focusing the Light
-Jon Heinrich
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Take a Trip with the Wild and Wooly Masters of the Jam-Jazz Scene
-Brian Gagné
CD Review:
Solar Igniter
CD Review:
Cadillac Jones-
Junk in the Trunk
Through Glass
and Grain

-Aiden FitzGerald
four poems
-Brandon Rigo
-Pete Pidgeon
Art Model
-Julia Magnusson
-Julia Magnusson
Dead dog
-Julia Magnusson
-Julia Magnusson
Those games
we'd play

-Julia Magnusson
Ode de Toiletté
-Aron Ralston
-Stephanie Laterza
-Stephanie Laterza
-Stephanie Laterza
Meniscus is...
Meniscus Premier Launch Party
Zeitgeist Gallery
Cambridge, Massachusetts
August 14, 2003

Metro Saturdays hosts
Meniscus Portland Launch
Sky Bar @ The Roxy
Portland, Maine
August 30, 2003

State of the Art
Lounge Ten
Boston, Massachussets
October 23, 2003


Meniscus Picks New Years 2004

Published 11/15/03


George Acosta

Meniscus Pick:
Widespread Panic
Philips Arena
If its been awhile since you’ve seen the southern boys take the stage, now is your chance to get the adrenaline pumping and set the bar high for a fantastic 2004. The drastic metamorphosis of the band’s sound, since the untimely passing of guitarist Mikey Houser, will leave you refreshed and invigorated. And let’s face it, if you’re going to be in Atlanta for New Year’s Eve, where else you gonna go?

Cadillac Jones,Smith's Olde Bar

The Gourds, The Parish (Mercury @ Jazz)

Meniscus Pick:
It is times like this that I am glad that I will not be in Boston for New Year’s Eve. There are two great bands playing this NYE: Addison Groove Project and Pete Pidgeon and Arcoda.

Addison Groove Project, Paradise Rock Club.
Addison Groove Project is hot off of a fall tour which has taken them throughout the South and Midwest. Their jazz, funk fusion is sure to set the fans at the Paradise grooving all night long. The AGP crowd can feel at times more like a family than a fan base, which can make the scene feel more like a party than a concert. This band has worked its way up through the ranks on the Boston jam scene and beyond and will be guaranteed to play a slammin’ show for the home town crowd.
Pete Pidgeon and Arcoda, Bill's Bar
Pete Pidgeon and Arcoda are having a phenomenal 2003. Their first studio album “…at first sight” was released last spring and has opened many doors for this Boston based quintet. The addition of horns during live performances gives the band the volume they need to get the dance floor groovin’. The funk inspired live flavor brought forward by Adam Beamer on keys and Seth Rivers on bass, only adds to the party vibe. Of course, Pete is guaranteed to deliver those vocals and intricate lyrics that makes Arcoda stand out from pack.

Two bands; two venues; one tough decision.

Meniscus Pick:
String Cheese Incident
Auditorium Theatre
String Cheese Incident is on fire right now and playing better than ever. Like many casual SCI fans, I sometimes doubt the cheese only to be slapped in the face by the incredible talent of Michael Kang , Michael Travis, Bill Nershi, Kyle Hollingsworth, Keith Moseley and told to “Wake up, wake up!” If you will be in Chi-town for NYE, there is no other place you ought to be to celebrate the holiday. Whether they pull out the old classic grooves, songs from their new studio release, or even cover a Bob Marley tune, the love and celebration will be surging through the Auditorium Theatre. Just imagining the energy that SCI will put forth makes my hair stand on end, and it’s only November! If you have a ticket to this show, you truly have the “Golden” ticket.

Aretha Franklin, Chicago Theatre

The White Stripes, Aragon Ballroom

Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Fillmore Auditorium

Steve Kimock Band, Gothic Theatre

Jay Farrar and Yonder Mountain String Band, Paramount Theatre

Houston Symphony, Jones Hall

Little Brother Project, Dean's Credit Clothing

Las Vegas
Reo Speedwagon/Styx, Aladdin Resort and Casino

Metallica, Hard Rock Hotel

Meniscus Pick:
Insane party in the streets.
There is nothing quite like New Year’s Eve in Vegas. Be sure to exit the Casinos at 11:00-11:30 to check out the scene on the strip. The Las Vegas police actually shut down the strip to car traffic and hand out plastic party cups to party-goers walking the strip with beverages. The only thing that they discourage is glass containers. Even hanging from the traffic lights is taken lightly. Millions of party-goers crowd the two mile long strip, all in search of a great time. Yes, 95% of the people stranding in the middle of the street yelling, screaming and making out with strangers have had their fair share of champagne, but it keeps with the classic Vegas style. Word of Wisdom: Don’t get separated from your friends and if you do, meet at O’Sheas. They have the cheapest beers on the strip and it is wedged right between the big casinos.

Los Angeles
The Reverend Horton Heat, The Ventura Theatre

New Year Reggae Boat Party, Star Party Cruises, Long Beach (Seaport Village), CA

Meniscus Pick:
American Airlines Arena
You’re either a phan or your not. If you are, you know what I’m talking about when I say you need to be at the American Airlines Arena on New Years. There’s nothing like four shows leading up the unveiling of 2004 to get your pulse soaring. No one on the planet will convey the same energy as the twenty year-old Vermont quartet. Even if you don’t have a ticket, you must believe! Get down there and get that finger in the air, you won’t be disappointed!

B.B. King, Jackie Gleason Theater

Particle, The Ice Palace (late night show)

DJ Le Spam & the Spam Allstars, I/O Lounge

Donna The Buffalo, The Coliseum, St. Petersburg, FL

Toby Keith and Willie Nelson, Gaylord Entertainment Center

New Orleans

Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, The Parish @ House of Blues

New York
New Years Eve with Soulive and the Radiators, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Soulive and the Radiators-Second show, BB King Blues Club & Grill

Disco Biscuits, Hammerstein Ballroom

Gov't Mule, Beacon Theatre

Big Apple Circus : Carnevale, Big Apple Circus At Lincoln Center

Meniscus Pick:
Only in New York would there be such an amazing selection of music on NYE. Since New York is the city that never sleeps, I would try and see it all, including Times Square. Good luck to you!

Moe, Tweeter Center At the Waterfront, Camden, NJ

Portland, OR
The Big Island Shindig, Conan's

The Foghorn Stringband, The Moon and Six Pence

Jackstraw, White Eagle

San Francisco
The Dead, Oakland Arena

Tea Leaf Green, Elbo Room

Seattle Symphony Gerard Schwarz-Conductor New Year's Eve, Benaroya Hall - S. Mark Taper Auditorium

Minneapolis/St. Paul
How To Talk Minnesotan: the Holiday Musical, Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, MN

Louie Anderson, Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, Morton, MN

Mountain of Venus, Chester's Place, Fayetteville, AR

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