We parked by the abandoned railroad station. They keep saying they're going to do something with the old relic, but after all these years of false promises I'll believe it when I see it.
The occasion was the performance at Stearns Square of FAT, the legendary Springfield band that ruled the local music scene in the 70's, faded in the 80's, disappeared for the 90's and in the past few years has come roaring back with some highly acclaimed reunion shows.
The Stearns concert series has become known as "bike night" because of all the motorcyclists from all over the Valley who flock to the shows. Here's a vintage Harley I spotted - now that's a bike!
Northampton was the weekend biker haven for a long time. It used to be quite a sight to see the hilltown chapter of Dykes on Bikes come roaring down Route Nine in flying V formation into downtown Hamp every Saturday. Now the whole biker scene has switched to Springfield, and I'm not sure why.
Before the show we went into this bar that's famous for it's rooftop party scene.
A son of Springfield amidst the skyscrapers.
A view from the roof.
Looking down on the stage area.
As for the show itself, it was really cool. Peter Newland still knows how to energize a crowd.
And ol' Jimmy K ain't lost a thing - and here's the video to prove it.
In fact, if I closed my eyes for a minute I could almost believe it was 1977 at the Springfield Technical Community College Spring Fling.
Food Not Bombs giving it away in downtown Northampton.
A wise subject for contemplation this weekend.
Scenes from a living room in Easthampton.