2–12-08 The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI poster by Chris Shaw

2/12/08 Moonalice poster by Chris ShawFeb­ru­ary 12, 2008 The Ark, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Moon­al­ice poster by Chris Shaw

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, most snow in Michi­gan falls when the tem­per­a­ture is above zero degrees Fahren­heit. While this may not be the most insight­ful aspect of the leg­end, it has cer­tainly stood the test of time. It also proved to be cor­rect dur­ing the band’s visit to Ann Arbor, when the mer­cury was solidly in plus ter­ri­tory for the first time on this tour. As a result, heavy snow felt like a blessing!

Accord­ing to local leg­end, Ann Arbor was founded by two land spec­u­la­tors, who named the town for their wives. One of them built a saw mill on the site. Local Native Amer­i­cans saw the mill and said “Kaw Goosh Kaw Nick! Kaw Goosh Kaw Nick!” (We’re not mak­ing this up; it’s in Wikipedia.) This is where local leg­end breaks down and Moon­al­ice leg­end takes over. The locals thought the Native Amer­i­cans were mim­ic­k­ing the sound of the saw mill. Moon­al­ice leg­end knows bet­ter. In Moon­al­ice, Kaw Goosh Kaw Nick means, “only a white man would saw lum­ber instead of grow­ing hemp or play­ing bass!”

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