I saw two women making music at Lytton Plaza on July 14, 2018 and thought they were great. I call them Top Hat and The Thin Man because I was on my way to watch some Fred Astaire movies at Stanford Theatre. Neither of them wore a top hat and although I did not scrutinize their bodies they seemed of normal and not thin build.
I’m not sure if their songs were original — maybe I heard a couple songs and then chatted them up a bit. I am sensing they played a mix of covers and originals. One of them sat on the bench, sang and strummed a guitar but not a banjo. The other sang and tapped a rhythm on tamborine. I’ll say “top hat” was the guitarist and “thin man” was the percussionist.
Their lyrics were something like
rock me like a wagon wheel/
rock me mama any way you feel/
Hey, mama, rock me.
Maybe the internet will tell me who wrote this, if not these two rising stars of street music.
If it was never new and never gets old its a folk song
Ladies and gentlemen, or anything in between, via the magic of the mediation of technology and Marianne Chowning’s father and his FM stuff, here they are, in 2008, yet still timely, the Rebecca Riots (briefly known as Final Girl)