FREE DONNA SUMMERFrom my August 2009 blog post when I saw Donna Summer perform live at Coney Island:

“It was a nice weekend jam-packed with gayness, starting off with the Donna Summer concert at Coney Island with Joe and Jeff on Thursday. The crowd was HUGE, and we had arrived late because I had to have some Nathan’s hot dogs and cotton candy beforehand. I heard at least six songs I recognized, and her voice was still good and the band was tight even though we couldn’t see much from where we struggled for a view.”

I’ll admit I missed the whole Donna Summer gay identity disco thing by about 10 years, but her songs were still playing in the bars here and there when I came out, and I do remember hearing her music on the radio when I was a wee jimbo.

Legendary DC Go-Go artist Chuck Brown passed on this week as well. Last night there was an impromptu memorial outside the Howard Theatre that spread out onto adjacent streets and went late into the night:
Chuck Brown Way
You may remember his hit with the Soul Searchers, “Bustin’ Loose.”

Oh jeez I almost forgot it’s Syttende Mai today. Gratulerer med dagen, Norge. Happy National Day, Norway.