Sunday, July 20, 2003

At Least it's not Sam's Choice Armageddon-Eileen and I were wondering how her cousin was faring at the Insane Clown Posse outing, the Gathering of the Juggalos. Neither the Clevland Plain Dealer nor the Akron Beacon Journal were reporting any bad news at this point, other than write-ups about the coming deluge. Here's a Beacon-Journal description of the festivities
The band has been holding these gatherings in various locales since 2000 and each seems a little bit bigger than the one before. In addition to Insane Clown Posse's Sunday night performance, there will be plenty of other bands, including Kottonmouth Kings, Wu Tang affiliate Killa Priest, former Geto Boy Bushwick Bill, Twizted, Dark Lotus and that musical chameleon, Vanilla Ice.
Vanilla Ice? Over the hill movies stars do gigs on The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote; over-the-hill white rappers do the Juggalos.
See, Garrettsvillians, that's not so bad. Sure, they're a rowdy bunch. The next four days will probably be as hard on the grounds of the Crystal Forest as a full summer season of nonclown-obsessed tourists. The official Web site says the Gathering will be a nonstop 24-hour party with tons of nonmusical events, such as Juggalo wrestling, therapeutic massage, female mud wrestling, a Miss Juggalette pageant, Tribal Drum Party, a 2-on-2 basketball competition and, of course, Faygo Armageddon.
More on that last activity
Nicole Harrison, 20, of Columbus, said she was looking forward to the Faygo Armageddon, where fans are drenched in hundreds of gallons of Faygo, a soft drink preferred by the Insane Clown Posse.
As a Michigan ex-pat, I'll praise the ICP on their taste in pop. Faygo's a good multi-flavor brand based out of Michigan, with good root beer and redpop, priced between the big boys and the store brands. However, I prefer to drink Faygo, not wear it. Eileen asked if this was a generation gap between us and her younger cousin. No, not that much. There were comparable concert bacchanals in the 70s and 80s; the Dead Heads weren't that much different than the Juggalos. In my era, you had the small-g gothic/satanic groups with their nihilistic foreboding feel to punkers with their nihilistic anarchy. This bunch seems to have added a bit of fun to the nihilistic anarchy, sort of a Woodstock for the Double Dare generation. Nick at Woodstock?!? This parent might think so
Gary Gragen treated his 16-year-old son to the concert as a reward for a 4.0 grade point average. They traveled all the way from California. ``Every year he gets a 4.0, we go. This is our third one in a row,'' Gragen said.
What's this kid going to look like when he hits college? If you're going to Bezerkly or UCLA, keep an eye on this kid in a couple of years.

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