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Monday, August 18, 2008

Jesse Sykes and the Spinning Man

posted by on August 18 at 11:43 AM

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter played at the Mural Stage this past Friday (thanks to KEXP). The weather was gold and the songs were jewels. The Maldives opened and were shining as well. Pedal steel player Chris Zasche painted lines with his notes, then sank them into the other instruments. Coloring and complementing, showing faces here and there. Zasche sat in with Jesse and band for a few and was perfect.

The Spinning Man was there. I call him the Spinning Man. You may have seen him around at other free shows. He takes whatever concert he attends to another level. Most people at the Mural Stage were sitting or lounging on the grass. Not the Spinning Man. The Spinning Man was up, doing his thunder chicken truck dance. The Spinning Man ain’t afraid.

The Spinning Man is a combination of Hulk Hogan, Willie Nelson, and Michelle Kwan. His technique is to hold one arm out and do a head shake like he’s trying to get rid of his brain. If you are lucky, he spins. Majestically and gracefully, with the skill of a ballerina on swan lake.

Please now, enjoy two shots of the Spinning Man, then Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter playing “Hard Not to Believe”:

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What is hard to believe, is that that guy doesn't fall down.

Give him the gold!

Posted by Judge | August 18, 2008 12:04 PM

I have a new hero!

Posted by wolfy | August 18, 2008 12:27 PM

Concerts are like weddings -- never upstage the bride (or, in this case, band.)

Guys like that should be all the way in the back where they're not distracting everyone. Sound Draconian? Yeah, but on the other hand, so?

Posted by Jason Josephes | August 18, 2008 1:41 PM

God he pulls that spin out well. He's a true spinner and artist.

Posted by Nadia | August 18, 2008 3:02 PM

He is magical. I like the person laying on the grass right behind him trying to not notice him with that truly amazing spin.

I want to have The Spinning Man come to my birthday. Who is his manager?

Posted by Columbia Chris | August 18, 2008 5:55 PM

His name is Bruce. He hangs out at the Center House a lot and buys kids at my school beer. If you stop by the Center House in the morning on week days you can regularly see him spinning like that in the middle of the food court.

Posted by Morgan | August 18, 2008 11:47 PM

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