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Basic Biittner: Motown or Chicago?

Monday, June 5, 2006

The great Motown Records' group, Martha and the Vandellas, released a hit record entitled "Dancing In the Street" in 1964, and it was remade in 1982 by Van Halen and then again in 1985 by David Bowie &Mick Jagger. A popular song, definitely, and a popular idea also. As the song lyric states, "Summer's here, and the time is right for dancin' in the street." Street dances have been popular summertime events for many years. This summer - on July 1, to be exact- Cherokee will be having a street dance on West Main Street, as part of the Sesquicentennial weekend. The Cherokee Jam Band will start things off that evening, and they will be followed by the Colorado band Something Underground. So, if you're into "dancing in the street", Cherokee has the goods that night- not just one, but TWO great bands to whom you can listen and dance!

As so often happens, though, another Northwest Iowa city is also having a musical event the same weekend, and they, too, are featuring classic R & B and rock and roll music. The event to which I am referring is Sioux City's annual "Saturday In The Park" (also the name of a popular song, by the group Chicago in 1972). This event's headliners this year are Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer,79-year-old Chuck Berry, and the First Family of the New Orleans music scene, the Neville Brothers.

I find myself torn between the two events. I'm not sure of the Saturday in the Park schedule yet, but I'm hoping that both Berry and the Nevilles are performing in the afternoon, so I can catch them both and still make it back in time to hear both bands here in Cherokee as well. I know the Jam Band is great, and I hear that Something Underground is fantastic as well. I know, I know - "I want it all!"

For you Cherokee alumni, I would certainly encourage you to stay here in Cherokee and take in ALL of the events being planned for the big weekend, including the street dance. As a "non alumnus," however, I feel that my going to Sioux City for part of one day will give you guys a little more "breathing room" during the day Saturday. I am so considerate!

See you "on the streets!"

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner