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November 28, 2014
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I got ‘shushed’ at a Lard Dog show!

Dancers Jenny Emerson and Donlin Foreman added another classical layer to the Weekend of Chamber Music’s Music Talks concert series held at the Old North Branch Inn.
TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox


Later that same day, I continued my self-imposed silence while making my way to Bethel, NY (www.bethelwoodscenter.org) and the hushed tones of country superstar Toby Keith, whose concerts always demand peace and quiet. After all, his newest show is titled "Shut Up and Hold On." Openers Krystal Keith and Colt Ford were quick to advise the audience members to keep their seats and not sing along. Keith (Red Solo Cup) knows very little about having a good ole’ time, so his show was a calm, soothing homage to all things relaxing, and there was definitely no hooting, hollering, foot-stomping stampede of fans demanding that the music continue all night long. Or was there? Reflecting on the sage words of the Lard Dog himself, I became introspective. “Do you have toes for tapping?” he asks. “Do you like to sing and dance? Do you like pie?” The Band of Shy chimed in with, “Do you like to boogie?” Furiously shaking my head, I looked at the pup. “Better not,” I thought. Wouldn’t want to get shushed.

[Editor’s note: Find three separate photo albums for the Celebrate Callicoon and Riverfest street fairs and for the Toby Keith concert at Bethel Woods at www.facebook.com/theriverreporter.]