So last night was the second Wednesday this summer that the weekly Blue On The Mall concert was held on Rosa Parks Circle, and the first one I had been able to attend for the summer. A few simply observations from the evening are as follows.
1. This event is free to anyone and everyone, which is great for the city as it draws several thousand or more to the center of downtown every Wednesday. With this in mind, it has however become quite the stage for anyone and everyone who wants to announce that they are "different", anarchist, or just young and crazy. We go from one set of high schoolers who look like they all just escaped from a Nazi concentration camp to another set where the girls are dragging the boys around with metal studded leashes, and finally to one group that fervently believes they are the re-incarnation of Insane Clown Posse...face-paint, lyrics, shock-value and all. This is just a small sampling of the "fringe-kids" that mingle with the regular folk.
2. Last night was a bad night for people being stupid and getting arrested. I witnessed at least three arrests/police interrogations in the midst of the crowd. I was informed that while this weeks crowd wasn't quite as big as last weeks, the rowdy-factor was turned way up. By the way, the "Elite Security" (that was their name) force working with the police was about as un-professional looking as it could get. At least represent yourself well and look the part.
3. I hadn't noticed the break dancers off in their own corner by Biggby coffee before. I have to say I was quite impressed, they had about 8-9 dancers in their group and all performed, and did well. I like having a couple "side-shows" to the music (other than the obligatory people watching).
4. Lastly but not leastly (that's not even a word! HA!), this seriously gives Birthday Bash a run for it's money when it comes to people watching/crowd cruising. While not nearly as big, it's 100% quality diversity...if you want to call it that.