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St.Louis RustFest (Feb. 27, 1996)
Your Host - Aaron Yeager Nelson
We'll be gathering on the evening of February 27th.
You may notice that this also happens to be the date on which the soundtrack for Dead Man will be released.
So far, our plans involve gathering around 5:00-6:00 pm for dinner. Following the meal, we will head over to a local record store to purchase copies of the album. Fred Bluenote Boehmke has graciously offered the use of his apartment for a listening party. After the trip to the record store, we'll all go to Fred's and listen to Neil's new album together.
If enough people show up, Fred has also offered to find a place where we can get together and play around with some musical instruments. Finally, we'd like to actually go and see Dead Man, but I'm not sure when the release date for the film is. None of the actual times for the evenings activities are set in stone.
At the moment, only Fred, Ryan Vapor Schade and I are definite participants. We'd love to have some more rusties join our party.
If you have any questions or other suggestions for our rust-fest, or if you'd like to participate, please privately email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
. . . . . Aaron,
The participants were:
On Feb 27th, a few of us got together for the first ever St.Louis RustFest. I think I can confidently say that a good time was had by all.
The three participants met outside of Blueberry Hill around 5:30 to go out to dinner. We walked down the street aways and went to Ciceros. For Ryan and I the meal was a welcome respite from the drudgery of institutional dorm food.
Following the meal, we started prowling the streets of St. Louis. Our first stop was Vintage Vinyl. We were in search of a relatively inexpensive copy of Dead Man and other good deals. Vintage Vinyl had what we were looking for, but not at the greatest prices. (However, if you're interested in any Loverboy or Ted Nugent LP's, you can get as many as you want for about a buck a piece.) We pressed on and headed out to Euclid Records in the Central West End.
Our quest had come to an end. Actually, Dead Man was still being sold for fifteen dollars. But we did find all kinds of other good Neil albums and boots. Ryan scored Time Fades Away for three bucks and I picked up a copy of Trans for the same amount. Fred bought a jazz disc of which I can't remember the artist or title. I also found what I consider to be a deal comparable to Seward's purchase of Alaska and Jefferson's purchase of Louisiana. The four disc set Rock n' Roll Cowboy was on sale for only $40. Fred and Ryan had to wait for me to sprint out of the store in a crazed search for the nearest cash machine. My search was successful and we all left the store with smiles on our happy faces.
The next stop on the grand tour that came to be known as the St. Louis RustFest was Fred's apartment. Originally, we planned on listening to Dead Man but we all balked at the big moment and now we were stuck with our new purchases and the tapes that Ryan and I were about to trade with one another. No matter, we threw Trans on the turntable and gave it a listen. We ended up sitting around for a while shooting the breeze. Topics of conversation ranged from the list, Neil (duh!), stuff about each other, The Dead and all kinds of groovy stuff.
Eventually though it had to come to an end. I had an physical fitness test for Army ROTC the next morning and didn't want to be a complete zombie. So Ryan and I thanked Fred for his hospitality and headed for the door. Ryan took me back to my place and from there we exchanged tapes in the trade we'd arranged a while back and then went our seperate ways.
I'm glad that I had the chance to get together with these guys. I think we all had a good time. It was really nice to attach voices and faces with some of the people from the list. I'd encourage anyone to participate in or plan a RustFest if the opportunity presents itself. The rewards of going to a RustFest, at least for myself, far exceeded the minimal effort involved in planning the event. I'd also like to thank Fred for opening up his apartment to Ryan and me. Ryan was visitig and my dorm room probably just wouldn't have worked. Without Fred, this wouldn't have happened.
I hope this gives you a pretty good idea of what the St. Louis RustFest was like. Thanks for reading.
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