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It’s hard to believe, but tonight is another Spooktacular. It’s technically the third Spooktacular, but it’s the second conducted from my front porch. The very first “official” Spooktacular was held at a coffee shop in Darlington, South Carolina, in October 2019. The following October, that coffee shop—along with many others—had shuttered during The Age of The Virus, or had not reopened for live performances.
As such, I decided to try something different: instead of finding a venue to take me in, I made my home the venue. I have a front porch that is just big enough to hold four musicians and their gear comfortably (albeit a tight comfort, like a college girl wearing yoga pants to her 8 AM class).
I’ve documented all of this elsewhere, but I will confess I am proud of myself for making it happen (with a follow-up front porch concert in May 2021, the TJC Spring Jam). It’s not a completely original idea, but I’m glad I was able to turn a bad situation into an opportunity for everyone to have a good time.
Well, tonight is the big night, and I’m not sure what to expect. Some of my major contributors are not able to attend this year, but my opening act, Jeremy and The Blissters (named in part for Jeremy Miles, no stranger to this blog), possess a dedicated following and should bring out a good crowd. I’ve also heard from a number of folks who are coming tonight, so I think we will have a good crowd.
All that said, I have the inside scoop on what’s going down tonight, and big crowd or not, it’s going to be a fun time.