[Dixielandjazz] Band kibitzers and suprise singers.

Art Terry duckbucket@hotmail.com
Mon, 24 Jun 2002 11:05:08 -0700

One never knows how to respond to folks who want to be part of the act, for 

Early one Saturday morning this May, a limited edition of the "Boondockers" 
was performing a Sacramento Jazz Jubilee sponsored promotional gig. This was 
at a "Dog-a-thon" in Placerville, California. It was sort of a canine 
"steeple chase" fund raiser for a charitable organization.

Our "stage" was home plate on a weedy softball field behind a school. We 
performed against the back drop of several blue porta potties and in the 
ambience of 30-40 contestant dogs - caged, leashed or running free.  At one 
time, our dog-event preoccupied, sitting audience swelled to over 9 or 10 

Co-appearing at the event was a clown, by the name of William Zwacky.  In 
baggy pants and full makeup, William wandered amongst the pet owners and 
their sometimes talented companions.  Behind him, he pulled a small rickety 
old cart full of wood animal push toys. In his other hand, he was holding a 
leash containing an invisible dog who could leave your pant leg wet.

Mr. Zwacky periodically approached the band during our three hours "at the 
plate" and loudly yelled, "Do you want me to sing yet?" What should have 
been the appropriate response, given the circumstances?

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