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June 13, 2014

Hall & Oates & you at Artpark

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — This past Tuesday I had the distinct pleasure of being in close physical proximity to two of the greatest haircuts of the 70s. Obviously I’m referring to the luscious locks belonging to the dynamic blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates, who performed live at Artpark.

As I walked towards the venue I mentally prepared myself for the concert. I figured there would be some sing-alongs to the classics, consumption of slightly overpriced drinks and a large concentration of high-fives from strangers, usually at the start of the hits and immediately following guitar or saxophone solos. While my expectations were met on all fronts (especially in the high-fives area) I ended up getting some things I didn’t expect: a lesson in acceptance, cross-generational understanding and a fleeting glimpse into a utopian future of universal peace.

Tuesday was an especially warm day and in classic hipster fashion my clothes were as seasonally inappropriate as possible; cardigan sweater, long sleeved plaid shirt, dress pants rolled to the ankle (don’t judge me, I’d come straight from the office). To combat the heat a little, my flowing locks were pulled into that classic summertime hairstyle, the side ponytail.

As I stood amongst the sold-out crowd, I found myself next to an older bald gentleman wearing what could only be described as the most intense 9/11 memorial leather biker vest of all time, with no shirt underneath. He and I existed at opposite ends of any spectrum you could imagine — hair, age, race, amount of sleeves we were wearing — but there we stood, side-by-side, bouncing to the opening beat of “Rich Girl,” and when we got to that first chorus our eyes locked as he, I and everyone around us simultaneously sang “you can rely on the old man’s money” punctuated by a crisp high-five. And just like that, we were partying.

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