My, how we love our block parties. Saturday's all-day Pizza Luce Block Party featured all the typical signs you were at yet another--scores of folks who prefer their music outdoors and terminating by 10 P.M. sharp standing in lines for wristbands followed by lines for concession tickets followed by lines for pizza, brats and beer followed by lines for porta potties (all blessedly short throughout the day). But the thing that set this block party apart from the rest we've attended this uncharacteristically mild summer? The oppressive humidity. The humidity that turned my hair Bride of Frankenstein. The humidity that nearly had me tossing four dollar (two ticket) cups of Summit down the front of my shirt.
Luckily this block party also featured a dunk tank, where for a few bucks you could dunk a Minnesota RollerGirl or, if you'd rather, a friend. I considered soliciting friends or foes to dunk me as soon as I walked in until I promptly witnessed what happens when you get dunked in a dress--onlookers, many of them children, get to see you in your skivvies, skirt over head. Perhaps a slightly more family-friendly replacement for the burlesque performers featured at Luce Block Parties past?
In any case, I chose to instead sweat it out, imagining I was in a big ol' sweat lodge with hundreds of Twin Citians, a dozen above-ground toilets and lots of local musicians (musicians are clean, right?). Early-day performers offered a chance to see some newer, up-and-coming acts including Jack Brass Band, Spacewolf, the Alrights, the Framed and the Radio Killers. Once the heat started to break around 5, the stage turned over to some better-known local acts including Fuck Knights, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Me and My Arrow, MC/VL, Kid Dakota, and Maria Isa.