september 2000 - the diary
The day has finally arrived, after waiting nearly 7 years I'll actually get a chance to see Juliana on stage again. She's scheduled to play at a small festival - the Riverfest - that takes place in Northampton, MA which is something like a 2 hour drive west of Boston. And a really scenic drive it turns out to be. Once out of the Boston suburbs it's a typical New England green landscape of forested rolling hills.
Driving south on I91 I realize that this is finally happening when reading one of the signs at the exit to Northampton - it says N. Hatfield of course! After a bit of driving around I find my way to the fairgrounds where the festival takes place.
|There's a short line of maybe 60 people waiting outside - the weather is getting hot and humid, and while standing in line I suddenly hear the voice! Could it be her? Yes of course that is Juliana doing her sound check."Try a song" someone suggests and they start playing "Baby Gets High" - this is simply awesome, and I haven't even caught a single glimpse of her yet!
The following bands aren't that exciting but I decide to stay on until the end of Sleater-Kinney's set which is kind of OK, but a far cry from the Juliana experience.
Never realized that this song
could rock so hard - it makes perfect sense that she's kept playing it
live for so long! The TSF stuff were also really well suited for live