There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Glenn Dixon’s take on the Aug. 6 appearance of the Beautiful South at Merriweather Post Pavilion as the opening act for the Barenaked Ladies (“Blame Canada,” 8/13) was right on the money. Beautiful South fans in D.C. have had to put up with a lot over the years: waiting four years or more between live appearances, never hearing the band on the radio, not being able to purchase records without paying import prices, having the local Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper act as if the band didn’t exist. We can now add to that list the pain of sitting through a Barenaked Ladies show. Enduring two hours’ worth of tuneless novelty songs (including one about baked beans that was performed twice, ha ha), oh-so-hip-and-“ironic” covers of Phil Collins, Cher, and Celine Dion tunes, and sub-David Letterman comic schtick complete with “offstage” video footage was a high price to pay to see one of the world’s most brilliant bands serve as an opening act, but, as Dixon noted, the Beautiful South’s performance was well worth it.