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Trombonist Mike Fahn is looking for more light so that
he and his band can read their music. The back room
at Barbes is not dark per se, but it is lit in a way that
would be called quiet were it sound. Fahn is not on
stage, because the tiny, round stage is only big enough
for Chris Roselli's drum set. Instead, he is feeling his
way around the room, looking sheepishly unprepared
as Tom Guarna sets up his music stand light.
Performances at Barbes are very do-it-yourself,
and so Fahn seems to be in a real bind. Soon, of course,
someone points out that there is another light on the
wall, one that is pretty centrally located, too. The light,
like each of the others in the room, is a bare bulb
surrounded by an old record. Red walls and a red
ceiling swallow the light whole once he has turned it
on, and even with Fahn's new find, it still is not a
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