We turned the clocks back this past weekend, which of course means darkness starts an hour earlier (yes, daylight arrives an hour earlier in the morning, but nobody who likes seeing live music cares about the sun shining at 5 a.m.!).
We're stuck with short days and long nights for many months, so we were thrilled to get an email from our friends at the Lowell Summer Music Series letting us know that their online survey will be going out this week.
The survey, as you may recall, asks recipients to choose the acts they would like to see perform at Boarding House Park next summer.
Last year's survey generated more than 2,800 responses, an impressive number that gave LSMS officials many interesting ideas.
"We don't expect folks to know if an artist is too big for our venue (Bob Dylan and James Taylor are frequent suggestions) or more appropriate for a small club, but we are glad to get all suggestions and see where they lead us," said Peter Aucella, assistant superintendent with Lowell National Historical Park and one of the architects of the LSMS lineup each year.
To vote, go to http://www.lowellsummermusic.org and click on the "survey" link. In the meantime, here's a lineup of 17 acts in the survey that I wouldn't mind seeing (artists listed in alphabetical order):
Art Garfunkel. We'll never get Simon and Garfunkel together onstage again it seems, so this would be a nice way for Lowellians to celebrate their amazing catalog.
Blondie. She's a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. She's an icon. And she would be awesome outdoors at Boarding House Park.
Cheap Trick. Robin Zander's voice isn't what it once was, but seeing and hearing him and Rick Nielsen onstage together in the intimate confines of Boarding House Park would be a memorable evening.
Cyndi Lauper. There are so many ways an evening with the 80s pop-punk superstar could go. She could go totally retro. She could lean in to her country work from a few years ago. She could go with her adult contemporary hits like "True Colors" and "I Drove All Night."
David Crosby. We've had Stephen Stills. We've had Graham Nash. We just need Crosby (well, and Neil Young) to complete the trio in separate shows.
Doobie Brothers. There's a lot of street cred in the California rockers and their 70s-tinged catalog would reverberate well off the Mill City walls at Boarding House Park.
Goo Goo Dolls. They have so many hits. They tour regularly. Yet, they've never played the Lowell Summer Music Series. Let's hope that changes.
Gov't Mule. There aren't many jam bands better than these guys. We've had Gregg Allman. Sadly, he's gone. Let's hope Gov't Mule makes their way to Lowell this summer.
Jim James. The My Morning Jacket frontman has carved an impressive solo career out for himself, and an evening with him would be a nice take under the stars.
KC and the Sunshine Band. Who wouldn't want to party all night with the masters of 70s disco hits?
Michael McDonald. This one's for selfish reasons. He came here in 2013 and I missed the show, so I'd like another chance at it.
Peter Cetera. Yes, he should have played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with Chicago, but that's come and gone. Let's get him to Lowell!
Postmodern Jukebox. I saw them open for Straight No Chaser last summer at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (old-timers call it Harborlights) and they were awesome. Not sure how a show that big would play in the cozy confines of Boarding House Park, but worth a shot.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela. I saw them years ago at the Orpheum and it was one of the most unexpectedly intense shows I've ever seen.
Rodger Hodgson of Supertramp. He's the voice behind their biggest hits and though he hasn't toured with them in decades, he's what you'd recognize.
Steve Earle. A little outlaw country would be a nice change of pace.
Zappa Plays Zappa. Frank Zappa is of course no longer with us and the Zappa family has been prone to lawsuits and infighting, but this critically acclaimed show is worth seeing.
Who would you like to see? Take the survey!