Days before Canadian rocker Geddy Lee, Rush’s bassist and lead singer signed the first copy of Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass at Left Bank Books Monday, the bookstore had posted a “sold out” notice on its event website.
Fans—800 of them—waited for hours, umbrellas in one hand and a copy of the book in the other, for a chance to meet the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer. Tickets, $100, included a copy of the hardcover book and admittance for up to two people to the signing line which opened at 5 p.m..
The book is billed as “the ultimate compendium for the consummate collector, musician, Rush fan, and anyone who loves the bass guitar.” It features “Geddy Lee’s personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.”
The line, above and below, stretched from Left Bank Books at the corner of Euclid & McPherson south to Pershing Place.
A further indication of how popular Geddy Lee and Rush are in this area is the license plate on a fan’s car that was parked on Euclid, above.
While the vibe was relaxed outside on Monday, take a glimpse of what the day was like for staffers inside Left Bank Books. Visit them on Twitter or Facebook.
Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass , $90, at Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid.
2019’s 4th of July Parade ended, as it always does, at the fountain at Maryland Plaza. There, parents visited as the kids and some pups cooled their feet in the water.
The size of this year’s crowd is indicated by the long lines for snow cones and popcorn.
Face painters were busy throughout the morning.
Finally, the 4th of July Family Parade wouldn’t happen without the hard work and dedication of organizers and sponsors including, from left: Jess Campbell, executive director of the Central West End Association, top photo: CWEA Board Members including from left: Kim Brown, Bob Brown, President Kate Walter, and Greg Stroube. Below right: Kate Haher, executive director of CWE North Community Improvement District, her husband Andy, and daughters Reagan and Abby.
And of course, many thanks to Jim Whyte, executive director of the CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative, and 5th District SLMPD officers for redirecting traffic during the parade. They work behind-the-scenes but make an important contribution to the success of this wonderful tradition.
2019’s 4th of July Family Parade, sponsored by the Central West End Association and the CWE North Community Improvement District, marks the 38th year the event has taken place in the neighborhood. The parade, which started in 1981 (view post here), has come full circle—some of this year’s participants were toddlers then, and brought their own kids to this year’s event.
Top right: Once again Tim O’Connor led the parade in his vintage red Mustang. Bottom left: 5th District Lieutenant Dan Zarrick is photographed with CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative’s Executive Director Jim Whyte, his wife Lori, and daughter Janetta.
There were clowns from Circus Kaput to entertain at the start of the parade, and balloon artists and face painters at parade’s end at the Maryland Plaza fountain.
See more photos taken along the parade route below:
Upper right: Jim Whyte photographed with 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro.
Up next: Part II: 2019 4th of July Parade