Who turned off the fun?

Big Sky does the big bye-bye this weekend.

Courtesy of Big Sky
Published: Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 12:18 a.m.

Blame it on the sudden cold weather, or blame it on me since I'm just getting over a cold and am full of a variety of medicines, but it seems like this upcoming weekend has a lack of exciting events. But as they say, it's quality over quantity, so make the best of what we have.

Big Sky is calling it quits after 12 years, and this is the last weekend to see them live. All of the former members are going to be here, so old and new fans alike should be pleased.

Friday, they'll be at Common Grounds with Bloom, Biirdie, and Slack Season. I can only imagine how packed cozy Common Grounds is going to be, so you'll probably want to get there early, despite how un-cool that notion may sound. The retirement of Big Sky alone is going to bring in plenty of fans, but add the popularity of Bloom, plus two other acts, and you have yourself quite a little gathering.

You can get your tickets in advance for $6 at Smoke, Hyde and Zeke, and No Future Records. Otherwise, they're $8 at the door, and who knows if you'll even get in if you wait too long. Big Sky will also be playing at Gator City on Saturday to say their final Gainesville farewells.

If you'd prefer a smaller crowd, the Atlantic has a promising show on Friday, too. Low Income Bracket and The Sultans will be there, and hopefully there will be some old kung-fu movies playing on the screens to keep folks entertained between acts. (I do so love it when I can swivel my head one way to see great live music, then look back and catch Bruce Lee kicking some major tail.)

Low Income Bracket is a mélange of punk, jazz, metal, and rock, and I think that's enough to please just about anybody. The Sultans are more straight-up rock, in case the thought of more than one genre per band makes you uneasy. Regardless, this one sounds promising.

On Saturday there's going to be a chili cook-off at the Pride Community Center from 5-8 p.m. What great timing, considering winter has decided to suddenly descend upon us. A warm bowl of chili does wonders for the soul, especially the cold-and-flu-season-soul, so this sounds good to me. There are still openings for more chefs, too, and prizes will be awarded, so give them a call at (352) 219- 7362.

As for the music, if you don't mind tight spaces and lots of green, The Shamrock will have Dasi, The Thieves and The Faggers on Saturday night. This is an especially good show for kazoo fans (I know I can't be the only one), since Dasi band member Michael Collins is supposedly quite competent with one.

This weekend may seem like a slow one, but make the most of it, because you have to sleep sometime, right?

If you have any upcoming weekend events you'd like to have included, feel free to e-mail me at jomarch@ufl.edu.

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