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Succumbing to the fairy-tale spell cast by master puppeteer Naia Venturi and others, I was subsequently drawn into an alternate universe where love between a beauteous blond marionette named Maryann and a humble pot of dirt was not only possible but joyously celebrated in song. Pot of Dirt sang poignant ditties with such lyrics as "I'm only dirt . . . the same you scrape off your shoe," which touched my heart in an "It's Not That Easy Being Green" sort of way. Maryann's musical musings over her love for Pot of Dirt — "How can I fall in love with . . . dirt!? He's under my nails and between my toes!" — made me laugh out loud.

Afterward, I was taken on a meandering musical magic-carpet ride with "The Viceroy of the Golden Chariot," written by guitarist Tom Barton. Another of his compositions, "Car That Says Car," is about a more mundane method of transportation, his Ford Escort.

Jeff Estee then wowed us with some fancy chops on his Epiphone hollow-body ax, playing instrumental renditions of "Everything's All Right" from Jesus Christ Superstar and "Point of No Return" by Kansas, followed by some original tunes about Internet dating and old-fashioned DJs. The grand finale featured the Misha Grey Band playing an extremely moody and goth original composition, "Castlemania," punctuated by Grey's creepy, diabolical laughter.

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