[Dixielandjazz] Dixieland to quell riots by
Stephen G Barbone
barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Fri May 21 16:01:11 PDT 2010
Here's a new reason to hire Dixieland Bands. "Music hath powers to
soothe the savage breast." Especially, OKOM. What a change from 1917
when it inflamed listeners and ruined women. <grin> This from the
Montreal Gazette after the Canadians won a hockey game from the
Friendly, festive party after Habs' Game 3 win
Crowd expert says unruly behaviour unlikely until late in the series
BY MICHELLE LALONDE, THE GAZETTE MAY 21, 2010
A festive - but calm - atmosphere reigned in downtown Montreal last
night, as Habs fans took to Ste. Catherine St. to celebrate a 5-1
victory over Philadelphia in the third game of the NHL Eastern
Ste. Catherine St. was again closed between Guy and University streets
to make room for fans pouring out of the Bell Centre and downtown
bars. Half a dozen Dixieland bands entertained crowds at several
street corners, and spokesperson Yannick Ouimet confirmed police had
hired the musicians in an effort to keep celebrations light-hearted.
Fans said the music was a nice touch, although nobody seemed in the
mood for a riot last night anyway.
"I think it's a great idea, kind of old school, to have Dixieland
music," said Habs fan Fulvio Vitale as he watched a three-man band in
red bowties and striped vests perform in front of Ogilvy.
Fan Michael Bright said the music probably had a calming effect on the
"I was going to flip a car, but now I just feel like dancing," he joked.
Crowd behavior specialist Jerry M. Lewis said he wasn't expecting any
serious rioting in Montreal yesterday. Lewis, a sociology professor at
Kent State University and author of Sports Fan Violence in North
America, said the conditions were not ripe last night for the kind of
fan rioting that happened after the Canadiens' Stanley Cup quarter
final victory on May 12.
"Celebrating violence tends to happen relatively deep into the series,
during championship play," he said yesterday, as the game began.
Lewis said the phenomenon of spontaneous violence after sports events
is common, and that Montreal's reputation as a hockey-crazed city has
little to do with recent rioting after games.
"My research shows that it's not Montreal, and it's not hockey. It's
championship play that attracts a certain proportion of young,
(mostly) white, males to celebrate the wrong way."
He said rioting is an extension of the anti-social behavior tolerated
at sports events, such as screaming obscenities at referees. But fans'
intense identification with their teams, the build-up of tension
through a series and an urge to do something physical after a big
victory are what sparks violence.
"The fans can't shoot the puck, or skate fast..but what they can do is
be violent by throwing (things) and through vandalism," he said.
mlalonde at thegazette.canwest.com
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