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October 24, 2005


Some time ago, I boo-hoo'd that Seattle's music scene had great talent and venues but lacked audiences.
I couldn't figure it out. Tonight's KRS-ONE all ages show at Chop Suey set me straight. All ages. For those
of you who don't know, Seattle has some of the most fucked up rules regarding alcohol and music. Basically,
most shows here are 21+, effectively cutting off the people most excited about music from seeing their favorite
performers live. So what you get is a lot of crusty old farts standing around in half empty clubs sipping at their
booze. But not tonight. The crusty old farts were there (yo!), penned in their booze corral, but the floor was
packed with enthusiastic youngsters who danced, threw their hands up in the air, and alternately held lighters
and cel phones (taking pictures) aloft as Common Market and KRS-ONE rocked the house, starting with a
loyalty-building hip-hop nostalgia trip before getting into the meat of the show--ripping GW a new asshole.