Layabouts - Fourth
Once again, 4th Street is threatened by the wrecking
crane. It's happened before; Burroughs - a company no longer on the
landscape - tried to expand its burgeoning enterprise by gobbling up
surrounding land back in the 80's.
Like the vicious version of Sesame Street that it is, 4th street survived -
indeed thrived in the face of this adversity. After two years of hitting a
brick wall Burroughs gave up and shortly thereafter seized to exist.
Now it's the Highway Commission that wants to build a bigger, better, newer,
smarter entrance/exit ramp for the 10/I-94 Interstate at the expense of the
street. Consequently, this annual 4th Street Fair was not only about
entertainment and a good time, but also a drive to fill the war chest for
the upcoming battles.
I hope the street survives; I've got a lot of happy memories associated with
this street, and I don't want to see it go.
We started performing 'round 8:00PM, and played for an hour. This was the
debut of "Pacha Mama",
written by Mel Rosas. People seemed to like it a lot.
Jody singing "Mountains of Things"
Layabouts - 4th Street, July 17th, 1999
Mountains of things
And so it goes
Damn this town
Photos by Laurenn