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Brett Dennen & John Butler Trio.

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My friend Meagan from South Carolina got here Friday night. Saturday morning we went to Tully’s for bagels and coffee. As we were leaving, Meagan noticed a poster advertising a Brett Dennen/John Butler Trio. Meagan studied abroad in Australia during undergrad and apparently John Butler Trio is HUGE there. (According to Megs, JBT : Australia :: DMB : USA, or at least what Dave was five or ten years ago).

After further inspection of the poster we realized we had missed the actual concert, which had been the night before. However, there was a private concert that afternoon for Earth Corp volunteers who came out to plant a tree. Planting a tree in exchange for a free concert sounded like a fair deal to us, so we set off in search of the park. We didn’t have computers with us and I don’t have Internet at my apartment yet, so we stopped by the library to google the park and get directions. The library was closed so we drove to Barnes & Noble long enough to write down directions from a map.

Finally, what turned out to be hours after the tree planting had ended, we arrived at the park just in time to catch the last few Brett Dennen songs. We felt just a little out of place as we noticed everyone else was wearing dirty jeans and hoodies; Meagan was wearing a cute pair of flats and I had on a pink Banana Republic sweater. Obviously, we were there to plant trees.

Luckily, no one seemed to mind, and soon John Butler started playing. The show was great; it was really fun to be at a “private” concert in the park, standing just feet away from Australia’s music icon. The music was also great and I am now a big fan of JBT myself. At the end of the show he thanked everyone from coming and asked anyone who had “just showed up for the music” to grab some of the brochures about Green Seattle. We took a few pamphlets with us, and Meagan even won a box of Clif bars in the after-show raffle. As we were headed back to the apartment we passed a homeless man asking for money. We gave him the box of Clif bars, so even though we didn’t plant a tree, I guess we did our good deed for the day after all!

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