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Discount Diva: Supporting live music is worth the money

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Fans take in Blondie at Artpark.

I've enjoyed wearing masks (anonymity!), working from home (peace!) and not having to go to social events (introversion!). But one of the hardest parts of being in quarantine has been missing out on live music.

Some of the best times of my life have been at concerts. Yes, marriage and childbirth are cool, but have you ever stood front row at a Mastodon show screaming the lyrics to "High Road" straight into Brent Hinds' face?

Over the past year, lots of artists have performed live online. That was thoughtful and fun, but it's obviously not the same as swaying side-to-side at sunset, eyes closed and a plastic cup in your hand, alongside thousands of people who are feeling every note along with you. You might as well be watching YouTube.

Just days ago, I had my first post-quarantine live music experience: Ship of Fools, a Grateful Dead tribute my friends have been putting together for years. Each year (except during Covid-19), a bunch of old hippies get on a boat in Lockport and cruise........

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