Fall 2002 Travels
Chris & Meredith Thompson and Ethan Bessey We had Thanksgiving with our family in Hartford, CT. Friday night we drove to Lowell, MA and played at Capos. Lowell was a mill town, and the downtown area is brick buildings with tall rectangular paned glass. They are beautiful buildings, though now there isn't any industry in Lowell. The downtown area is struggling to come back, and Ralph, Capo's owner, dreams of putting a spark in the revitalization. Capos is a large room in a four story brick building. There is a bar and a restaurant (where I had the biggest greens salad I've ever had - yum!). They host music most nights, including an open mic on Tuesdays. The owner told us that business has been okay, and we are rooting for this venue - go check it out for great food and music at http://www.caposmusic.com

We shared the set with our cousin Ethan Bessey, a wonderful performer and songwriter from Portsmouth, NH.


Friday night we played at the Kendall Cafe in Cambridge to a large crowd. We saw two people we hadn't seen since high school which is always a treat. Rama Winslow played the second set, in a return from 3 years off due to tendinitis.

Slater MillSaturday we traveled to Providence to play at Stone Soup. We love returning to Stone Soup Coffeehouse, where we got our start. THe coffeehouse was held at beautiful Slater Mill, right off rt 95. The performance is in a long mill room above the museum below with white walls and those beautiful rectangle paned windows, much like the mills in Lowell. We caught up with some friends from Providence, and were so grateful that people braved the cold.

Sunday we had a fabulous show at the House of Musak in New Haven. These folks are ardent music supporters, opening up their living room to musicians from around the country. We had a great crowd and a really fun show, including a "siren solo" by a local ambulance during one of the songs, and other revelations into the "dark warm underbelly" of acoustic music....


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