A month of music: A lack thereof and a LIVE concert

The stage of the Strand all decked out for Think Loud's after party on Feb. 28. Later in the night, the curtains opened and Live played with a backdrop of empty seats.

The stage of the Strand all decked out for Think Loud’s after party on Feb. 28. Later in the night, the curtains opened and Live played with a backdrop of empty seats.

The past couple weeks, for me, have been about music.

First, there was the lack thereof.

Last week, we broke this story about Harley-Davidson removing radios from its plants as a matter of safety and productivity protocol.

I know what you’re thinking. (Some people even emailed me to share their two cents.)

“Why is this a story?” 

“What are you going to write about next? The contents of Harley’s vending machines? The employees’ bathroom breaks?”

Truthfully, this isn’t really a story about Harley at all.

It’s a story about factory culture.

It’s a story about one of those weird aspects of the daily grind that you’d never think to ask about unless you’ve worked in a plant yourelf.

And — as I learned from some CEOs —  it’s a story about an issue that they’ve had to deal with for decades.

Things got a little louder on Thursday of this week when members of the band LIVE and business partners presented their plans for fiber optic network stretching more than 300 miles from New York City to northern Virginia.

Hip hop violinist Damien Escobar played at a private event following the press conference held on the stage of the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center.

Later in the night, the curtains opened and LIVE — with new singer Chris Shinn — played several of their older songs, like “Lightning Crashes,” and even debuted a new one set to appear on their upcoming album.

Read more about the band here and check out my horrible iPhone cinematography below:

Also of interest

Here’s an older story I did about the band and their real estate ventures

A blog post about the last concert LIVE played at the Strand

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