June 30, 2010 Slideshows » Music

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Cabbagetown Music Scene 

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The Opal Foxx Quartet: (front row) Deacon Lunchbox and Brian Halloran; (back row) Matt Hanes, Benjamin Smoke, Allen Page, Chris Lopez, Connie Haynes.
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Deacon Lunchbox, shown with his trademark plastic tits, was considered the true spirit behind the Cabbagetown scene.
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Always looking for the outrageous, Deacon Lunchbox’s construction worker rap used humor to reveal insight.
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Deacon Lunchbox in performance with the Opal Foxx Quartet.
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Bill Taft was musical center of the Cabbagetown sound, and played in the scene’s most important bands.
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Bill Taft on cornet with the Opal Foxx Quartet, laying it down at the Clermont Lounge.
Opal Foxx Quartet
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Brian Halloran at the Rob Mallard Studio in Cabbagetown, preparing for a live performance for the film Benjamin Smoke

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The memorial parade in the wake of the tragic Jody Grind accident stopped in front of the Variety Playhouse for five minutes of noise in honor of Deacon Lunchbox.
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Benjamin, with Chris the pig, at the Jody Grind parade in 1992.
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Benjamin Smoke was the guiding light of the Cabbagetown scene.
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Benjamin, in his Opal Foxx cotton dress drag, playing to the packed house at the Clermont Lounge.
In New York City: Chan Marshall aka Cat Power (left to right), Benjamin, Coleman Lewis, Brian Halloran, Brett Neal, Lisa Shinault-Fratesi
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Chan Marshall (Cat Power) writes about a mid-performance nervous breakdown in a postcard to Benjamin.
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The Benjamin Smoke parade began in Cabbagetown and marched to Little Five Points.
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Patti Smith inspired Benjamin’s musical muse; she would later write a song, “Death Singing,” that served as his eulogy.
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The Opal Foxx Quartet: (front row) Deacon Lunchbox and Brian Halloran; (back row) Matt Hanes, Benjamin Smoke, Allen Page, Chris Lopez, Connie Haynes.

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