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Local Business Celebration 2007

***See below for an essay on the event by Brenda Benner***

Flyjack PaintSplatter

Local businesses celebrate with dinner and music

By Brenda Benner

Some of you may have heard the groovin’ music the other night at Duval and 53rd St. (North Loop).

The occasion?

BAH Designs was celebrating its 15th year anniversary while Lava Studios Inc. marked the release of Joe Ely’s latest CD, “Live Cactus,” featuring Joel Guzman and recorded at the Cactus Café

During the peak of the event more than 350 people attended the dinner and jam session provided by Austin’s own Flyjack, a soul jazz and funk band whose members were influenced by the likes of Bootsy Collins and James Brown.

Bryan Anderton, of Lava Studios Inc., said the cluster of businesses at that location hope to offer music concerts at least 3 to 4 times a year.

“We’re here to entertain our clients and customers; along with our friends and family members. Our Lava parties are becoming events.”

Bryan said he encourages neighborhood residents to come out and enjoy the free music.

For those who wished to express themselves with paint, a “squirt and splatter” easel was set up for aspiring artists. Spectators gave the painters plenty of room due to errant squirts of various colors.

Some of you may have noticed that the police showed up at 10:45 p.m. I was informed by the police officer that Flyjack/event coordinators had a permit to play until 2:00 a.m., although they had only planned to play until 11:00. The police officer said a phone call complaint by a resident who did not appreciate the disturbance trumps a permit’s time period. The band stopped playing 15 minutes earlier than expected.

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