Call in “The Boss”By JACKSON SILVANIK, A&E Editor
As any diehard fan of Bruce Springsteen will tell you, the musician embodies the blue-collar spirit of America perhaps more so than any major musician today. Springsteen has seen his career take an interesting turn over the past decade. He has walked the fine line between cult favorite and mainstream success for the majority of his career, producing a discography that reflects the spectrum of his appeal. There are albums of straightforward pop music, released solely under his name. There are earthy albums full of stripped-down acoustic tunes recorded largely in an attic, dealing with the tragedies of America and offering a lens of hope to view them with. There are bouncy, rollicking albums of progressive rock and funk backed by his famed E-Street Band. And of course, there are albums heavy on the anthemic, stadium-filling rockers that he has become renowned for.
For many performers, the halftime show of the Super Bowl is a crowning moment. For Springsteen and his band, though, it was merely another chance to bring perhaps the most high-spirited show in music into the living rooms of America. It is something he has done all along. Nearly everyone that listens to music has found at least some niche of his sound to appreciate. For the dedicated fans that never fail to pack the arenas that he still performs in, it may have felt like they were letting the nation in on a secret of sorts. It stands to mention, however, that he has been here all along. His recorded output in recent decades has mirrored the attitude of the country. When the towers fell on Sept. 11, Springsteen responded with his epic “The Rising.” When he joined the millions disenchanted with the Vietnam War, he penned the often-misunderstood “Born in the U.S.A.”
As Springsteen has aged (he’ll be 60 this year) he seems more urgent to make his statement. His second album in as many years denotes a remarkably prolific dedication. His performance during the Super Bowl could have gone many ways. He might have performed some of his more somber songs, a reminder and acknowledgment of the difficulties facing the country in the present. He chose, however, to inject the same sense of energy that he lives with into the viewing audience. Fan favorite “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” was an unexpected foray into his early career, and the insertion of blue-collar single “Workin’ On A Dream” was his only recent song to be performed. Nearing the end of his 12-minute set, he concluded with the energetic anthem “Glory Days,” making a greater statement about the morale of the nation. This song was not an ode to times past; instead, it was an optimistic glance towards the future, and a tribute to the path the country will take to get there.
Galvanize your taste buds
Local restaurant caters to sports fansBy MICHAEL GILKISON, Staff Writer
If you are looking for a good sports bar and grill in town, then Galvin’s is the place for you. It is a locally owned restaurant with good service and a great menu. The facility is also “top notch,” with televisions everywhere in the restaurant including the bathrooms. As far as the food, there are a variety of options that are sure to please any customer. The salads are arguably the best that you can get for a bar and grill. With that said, the Caesar salad is an excellent choice and you can never go wrong with the house salad. A menu item that I personally recommend is the buffalo chicken sandwich with fries. If you are in the mood to go the extra mile, then add chili and cheese to the fries and you will not be disappointed.
Anything involving chicken on the menu is a winner and the appetizers are noteworthy also. If you are looking for a place with some solid appetizers, then the buffalo wings and sampler plate will hit the spot. It is not uncommon to go to Galvin’s just for the appetizers and after you taste them, you will understand why. For those of us who are 21 or older, the adult beverage selection is top of the line and goes great with appetizers. If you are attending Galvin’s for the appetizers and drinks, Thursday night is pint night and Happy Hour is halfprice drinks and appetizers.
The atmosphere of Galvin’s has the sports bar feel while also maintaining a restaurant aura. I don’t know who decided to put a flat screen TV that is nicer than my own in a bathroom, but it works out well if you cannot unglue yourself from the game. Galvin’s is set up to where you can either be in a small private setting in a booth or with a large group seated at a bar table. It is certainly versatile and it also provides a nice view of downtown Georgetown, which guarantees that you will not miss one bit of action.
When it comes to location, Galvin’s is in a prime location because it is within walking distance from campus. If, however, you must drive to Galvin’s, I would suggest parking in front of the courthouse. If you park there, you will eliminate the headache of backing out of a parking spot on Main Street in a busy intersection. If you park on the corner of Main Street and Broadway, then you will already be in the right turning lane that will take you back to campus with the least amount of traffic. All in all, Galvin’s is a great place to eat in town and it will almost always be a great experience. The setting is relaxed, the food is splendid and reasonably priced, and the location is great. If all of those reasons aren’t good enough, then you should just go to see the TVs in the bathroom. Thanks to Galvin’s, you can watch the Super Bowl while you are at the toilet bowl and that is a worthwhile experience.
135 E. Main Street
Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.Mon.-Thu. and 11 a.m. – Midnight Fri.-Sat.