An afternoon rain drove the music indoors, but dampened no spirits at the Princeton Shopping Center's last concert of the summer. The grooves of the Junior Mack Blues Band are contagious, and we should all be so lucky as to be so optimally infected. Living reproduced days, exposed mostly to reproduced sounds emanating from machines, we all too easily forget the joy of live music. There's pleasure to be read in the faces of the musicians, and a hot tub of groove to soak our souls in. Live music, well delivered, speaks to the body and the heart and says, "Where have you been all this time?"
So, a standing ovation to Junior Mack, and to the Arts Council of Princeton and all its sponsors, who make possible this salve for summer doldrums.