"Verdi Cries" Performed by Natalie Merchant
Some local music, at least where I grew up. One of the most memorable performances of my youth was of the 10,000 Maniacs playing at Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto, New York. Miss Merchant, wearing a hippie dress, got off the stage and formed a big circle with the concert-goers all holding hands and led them around the park like a bunch of little kids. Reading fellow Western New Yorker Bill Kauffman's Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America's Political Map has me thinking locally.