I think it's been since my visit to the hot rod show that I published very many of my own snaps here, that being not really the point of T.O.P., but maybe now is another good time to make an exception. My friend Tom Haig, in from Oregon, staged a benefit concert last night at the Miramar Theater in Milwaukee, at which he got his freak flag chopped for charity—Locks of Love, I think it was, which uses donated human hair to make wigs for chemotherapy patients. Tom's brother Bagus, after banging on the 'boards for a while and getting the boogie out, was a good sport too, allowing himself to be recruited for a clipping by the chanting crowd.
In between the more serious grownup bands, the brothers allowed various of the braver kids from the tribe to get on stage and strut their musical chops—including Zander, who had his stage debut playing bass. I was a proud papa!
Impressario Tom H. gazes mistily into the future and sees...himself, clipped, cut, and bereft of ponytail and beard!
And the band plays on...last known sighting of long-haired Bagus.
Almost done! Le look nouveau.
Egged on by the chanting crowd, brother Bagus is enticed into the ranks of the non-hirsute.
Emma played a song she wrote herself. Newly-shorn Tom looks on.
It takes guts to fiddle on a real stage. William played an encore, too.
Meg gets ready to sing a Dylan tune, accompanied by dad Mark.
Kelly had her own formerly extravagant tresses clipped a few weeks ago...so maybe she started the trend!
Zander on bass with his lefty friend Matt on guitar.
After the kids had their turns, a real band took over.
By the end of the evening, the Miramar had sold some drinks, a handful of budding musicians had gotten some stage time, and the bucket had been passed several times and a goodly chunk of change raised for charity. And a good time was had by all.
A tip of the hat to Tom for a fun idea.