Instead of the usual “where did the summer go?” pontificating, let’s just note that the calendar says today is Aug. 22, gulp, which means many regular summer events are winding down.
8 Great Tuesdays, for instance. Just one remains: the Stickers and American Ride on Aug. 27.
You have just two more chances to enjoy block parties. Jerry Uht Park hosts Taylor Maid and Key West Express tonight, then Scully’s Pub features the final one with Next of Kin on Aug. 29.
Romolo Chocolates Music Series will features its final show on Saturday at 6 p.m., the Adrienne Hindmarsh Quartet with Pete Mills.
The summer’s last bike nights at Quaker Steak & Lube will feature Jake’s Blues on Wednesday.
Corry’s last Thursday in the Park features the Kokomo Time Band tonight and Sammy Slicker and the Black Jacks on Aug. 29.
Goodell Gardens & Homestead in Edinboro features Strangers and Liars on Friday, then it’s done for the season (not counting a few performances on Sept. 6 for the Highland Games).
Penn Shore Winery’s Music in the Vineyard series hosts the Riffriders on Saturday at 5 p.m., then it closes with Duke Sherman Blues Band on Aug. 31.
Finally, Chautauqua Institution wraps up this weekend. The Tenors play tonight; Friday brings KC and the Sunshine Band and the Village People, while Amy Grant performs on Saturday.
Drake has joined the list of performers for Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus will also perform, along with Justin Timberlake. You might, if rumors are true, also see Daft Punk and an N Sync reunion.
Sad to see reports that David Cassidy was arrested for DWI in New York. Several readers told me in e-mails that Cassidy was terrible at his Presque Isle Downs’ recent show; they were highly disappointed.
Hotel California plays on Friday night, then the Downs’ summer outdoor season wraps with Chubby Checker on Sept. 13. Billboard recently counted down its Top 100 songs of all time, and declared “The Twist” is No. 1. It’s the only song to hit No. 1 twice.
Billboard reports that Motley Crue is planning a farewell tour; Vince Neill tells the magazine that it could start in spring 2014. I wouldn’t be surprised if Erie lands a date on that one; the Crue has always done well here and has been loyal to its fans.
One of my favorite albums of 2013 so far is Portugal. The Man’s “Evil Friends.” The just released a new video for “Modern Jesus.” You can see it on YouTube here.