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The 3700s

The Nightfly spends $20 and three nights on one block

"Because I want to see you get outplayed by a 70-year-old guy with arthritis," I laugh.

Sure enough, the music starts (Earl Gilliam on keyboards, Jackie Gray on drums, and Eddie Stout on bass), and Liz is immediately awed. "These guys are great!" she whispers.

"I know, and Joe Doucet isn't even up there yet."

In between songs I give Liz my $16 and send her to buy me a $15.95 Joe Doucet CD, praying she's nice enough to cover the tax. It's perfect timing; Doucet hits his first note -- a sweet, clean, piercing zinger -- just as Liz gets to the counter. She's so caught up in the music, she hands the clerk her own credit card.

I sit there smiling stupidly while Doucet keeps hitting sweeter and sweeter notes. It's been a funny week. No Damnwells but a nice enough Army of Me and two crazy rock ladies from Corpus. No Miss Leslie, but a very cool Drop Watson, a nice Country Jim and a guy in a doorag. And then, not only does Joe Doucet show up, but he's brought all his buddies with him. All on one block and one $20 bill.

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