The last 24 hours has seen a lot of traffic at this site over my review of “Big Plans For Everybody,” my favorite Let’s Active album. I like all of them very much. They each have their own unique character, but “Big Plans For Everybody” has “In Little Ways.” One of the most sublime pop songs ever written, so there’s that. But bursts of sudden traffic can happen on a site with over 2,200 posts. Someone finds an old post and it “goes viral” for a day or two. If just one of those people bothers to write a comment, then it all becomes that much more real and valuable for me. So you can imagine my surprise when last night I saw the comment from new commenter Tammy, who we are 90% certain is the same Tammy who is Mitch’s wife.
She shared great news with us about the gig happening later this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Let’s Active in their Winston-Salem home base at a really nice club I’d not heard of called The Ramkat. We love visiting Wilston-Salem, but have never seen a show there. The club even have a virtual 3D space to explore online and it looks like a really nice venue. It’s a great looking 1000 capacity club along the lines of the 9:30 in Washington D.C., from the looks of it.
Of course, the legend of how Let’s Active formed should be widely known among music fans of a certain…vintage. It happened when R.E.M. needed an opening act and suggested to their co-producer [The other producer was the great Don Dixon] that he open the November 1981 gig for them. Leading Mitch and his then partner Faye Hunter [who he conscripted on bass] to hear that they really needed to hear this teenage drummer who turned out to be Sara Romweber. That set the band out on a path of left-field Pop that made many twists and turns until they called it a day in 1990.
Of course, the original rhythm section are sadly no longer with us. Faye Hunter died in 2013 and Sara Romweber died in 2019. The only time that Mitch had formed another let’s Active lineup was to commemorate Faye in 2014, and at least Ms. Romweber was able to participate then. We don’t know who of the various lineups will be on the stage, but we do know that the event is being held with Winston Salem’s Museum of Understanding, Storytelling and Engagement [MUSE]; an area non-profit organization with an inspiring mission.
The evening is scheduled on November 4th, 2021 and will begin at 7:00 p.m. with historical commentary about the band’s influence and legacy [who are still to be announced]. I’d wager that Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple of the legendary dBs, who have a history enmeshed with Easter and the Winston-Salem area, might be a solid guess, among others I could name. There will be tributes to Faye and Sara and their roles in forming the band, and the evening will be capped of with a live concert with as yet unnamed guest players joining Mitch to form a rare Let’s Active event.
Tickets for the evening are delightfully affordable in a range from $12-$30 at the top end. Better still, the ticket vendor is E-tix, our ally in the Ticket Wars. I’d be there in a heartbeat but for the notion that I don’t really think that even November will be the time to attend an indoors concert. Which is a real shame because otherwise I’d be on this like white on rice. It sounds like a top quality evening and any chance to hear Let’s Active songs again or even to experience Mitch Easter live is well worth the outlay! But the truth of the matter is that I don’t think it will be wise to attend indoor shows until maybe next year. But if you think otherwise then hit that button below for ticket information.