Sunday, April 03, 2005

The Other John Stewart


The Other John Stewart
Originally uploaded by Peacebang.
S.O.P.B. (Sister of Peacebang) had an unfortunate Accidental Folk Music Experience the other night. She and a group of friends thought they were getting tickets to see brilliant lefty political commentator/comedian Jon Stewart (as in "The Jon Stewart Daily Show"). When they got to the venue, they sat down at a table, ordered some food and drinks, and discovered that they were in for an evening of John Stewart of the Kingston Trio.

We are not Kingston Trio fans, to put it kindly.

To add to an already very bad situation, the entire joint was filled with reverent Boomers and Eldsters who made not so much as a peep ("They weren't even CHEWING!") while Mr. Stewart played, causing S.O.P.B and her hapless friends a terrific case of church giggles.

As they escaped after the first set, tiptoeing out like the Von Trapp family past the Nazis, they could hear two similarly-confused twenty-something guys just getting into the theatre late and saying "What the HELL...?"

9 Comments:

Anonymous Peter said...

Funny... just after I read your entry, I read another, contrasting entry over at Universal Hub. :-)

08:02  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

"Their rendition of 'Tom Dooley' was exquisite." BWA HA HA HA HA!We hate that song the most.

10:21  
Anonymous Catherine said...

OMG, I would be SO PISSED OFF if I got tickets to see Jon Stewart and got ripped off. I love Jon Stewart so much, I could just dip his fingers in barbecue sauce and gobble them up to the wrist...not that I would...50 yards, officer, I remember. 50 yards away...

10:56  
Blogger fausto said...

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10:59  
Blogger fausto said...

Reminds me of this spoof, which was genuinely worthwhile, of the current nostalgia for the 60's folk revival scene.

OTOH, fausto confesses to being a contributing memeber of WUMB. And fausto did once find himself unexpectedly standing next to Noel "Paul" Stookey and sharing the baritone part with him in a small men's chorus at a Christmas dinner a few years ago. That was a thrill. (But we were singing the timeless "Boar's Head Carol", not "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" or "Ol' Stewball". And we sounded better than PP&M do today anyway. Mary's voice is shot.)

11:04  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

I hate when that happens....

23:35  
Blogger Colin Atlas said...

If you weren't so damned ignorant, you would have noticed the spelling of the name "Jon" ("John")before you entered the venue.

20:00  
Blogger FolKenS.uch said...

Peace Bang: Recently I made a compilation CD called John Stewart's songs of conscience. Send me your address and I'll mail you a copy. I guarantee John is John's equal or superior when it comes to social commentary.

21:55  
Blogger nocknock57 said...

I am a big fan of both 'Jon' and 'John'. Both are funny, articulate, entertaining and are American Treasures. 'John' is probably the greatest American Songwriter you have never heard. I do have to say, it is fun to see 'Jon' fans drop in, drop jaw then quietly drop out when they accidently attend a 'John' show. If you put it in perspective, 'John' is no longer playing big halls, and could probably use the bucks. Great album? Punch the Big Guy. Guaranteed. Christmas wish? 'Jon' interviews 'John'. Wouldn't that be interesting....

03:06  

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