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A poet since childhood, it wasn't until after graduating from Colorado College (with a B.A. in music, no less) that Lindsay Weidmann began putting her words to music — and more importantly, performing live. With formal training in opera, musical theater and jazz, she chose the folk song as the vessel into which to pour her wit and charm.

Citing inspiration from the folky ilk of Joni Mitchell, the Indigo Girls and John Denver ("especially his work with the Muppets"), Weidmann pens lyrics with a geek/chic blend of honesty, humor and romantic longing, focusing on her "love affair with life's simple pleasures." Nowhere is this more evident than in her epic saga "Steve Martin and I," in which she details her romantic friendship with Steve Martin, if only in her dreams: "When I was 13 I went out with Steve / To the golf shop in the mall / As he tried on new pairs of plaid pants / I looked at clubs and balls."

To hear this song, and others from her 2008 debut, What Else Have I Been Missing?, and to find out if Weidmann's real-life quest to have lunch with Steve Martin ever bore fruit, click the "Will Lindsay have lunch with Steve Martin?!" link at lindsayweidmann.com, or catch her performing live Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Modbo (17 C. E. Bijou St.). Tickets are just $5, but seating is limited. For more information, call 633-4240 or e-mail themodbo@gmail.com.

All the way from the 26th annual International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., comes word from 2010 Colorado Blues Society contenders Big Jim Adam and Little John Stilwagen that although they didn't bring home the big bacon, they "had a great time, learned a lot, made some great contacts, and ate a lot of BBQ." Also, "the guy who won the solo/duo competition, Matt Andersen from Canada (stubbyfingers.ca), was JUST AMAZING." But more importantly, the duo's latest hunk of "thumping country blues meets big city style," titled Back In My Home Town, is hot off the presses and available for purchase at bigjimadam.com.

Sunshine Studios, meanwhile, is hosting a double feature of local scene flavors this weekend, with sets on Friday, Jan. 29, by AKA, Corrupting Celest, Channel 27 and Bury Me in Alaska (next to Sarah Palin's political career), followed by a classic Saturday night "Battle of the Bands" featuring Breathe the Abyss, Glass Mountain, Single Triple Double, Dr. Ustin & the Magical B.L.T., the Guilt Complex and ConMentality. For more info, direct your attention to myspace.com/sunshinestudios.

Also worth noting, and attending, for that matter: On Friday night at the Gift Shop (739 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs), there will be a fairly spectacular indie show featuring our very own autoharp hero, Tall City, along with easily lovable indie-folker the Pachisi Champion (backed by members of Denver's Munster Boogie), Denver root/gazer Jason Horodyski and a new band with members of the popular, but now-defunct Hearts of Palm called A Mouthful of Thunder. You would do well to look into it.

Lastly, a bit of chastising is in order for anyone who missed Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm's two-man wreckin' crew at Music Street Tavern last Thursday ... for shame!

Smell you later.

Send photos and memories of YOUR date with Steve Martin to adam@csindy.com.

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