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July 26, 2006

WTF for 7/26/06

My WTF for today is Shakey Jake. Personally, I don't really care who he is or what his background is, but for those of you who don't know, he's an Ann Arbor staple who you can find anywhere around Ann Arbor at anytime playing his guitar. Is he homeless? Did he used to be some kind of local rock/blues god? My WTF with him is the recent buzz about him (I guess I'm creating more of it now). First of all, when Art Fair was going on, I overheard one woman telling another that she was excited because she "heard Shakey Jake play over on Main Street." Then I read online that there is a push to get him 'wikied' on Wikipedia. Then yesterday I saw a bumper sticker that said, "I brake for Jake" and had a charicature of Shakey himself. Today, I find this!

So, why all the buzz. really, in my opinion, he's just a street performer. Not that good, not that bad, but relatively entertaining, but does he need to be an Ann Arbor icon, WTF!?

Posted by mldarby at July 26, 2006 03:50 PM

Comments

Ok, this is totally late and you posted this a long time ago.

BUT...this totally reminds me of the Michael Jackson dude, who would just dance to MJ songs in the alley by the parking garage at liberty and state st. It was a mini-phenomenon that faded fast...

Posted by: mluft at September 4, 2006 08:02 PM

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