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National High 5 Day, a blogger, a musician, RBI Baseball & some shows

This holiday that falls on the third Thursday of April each year “originated at the University of Virginia in 2002, and has since spread across the nation, and around the globe.” Other websites wishing us Happy High Fives this year include VH1’s Best Week Ever, DCist, and A Robot Cometh.

National High Five Day

National High Five Day was founded by Sam Miotke, singer-songwriter Wynn Walent, and San Diego music blogger Conor Lastowka. Wynn regularly plays all the fine singer-songwriter-type establishments in NYC, of which I’ve personally seen him at Sidewalk Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall and Galapagos. Wynn is also associated with Kitchen Sink Music, a non-profit organization that brings classical music to kids and rock venues.

Conor Lastowka runs San Diego Serenade from San Diego where he recently reviewed the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flaming Lips, and Tapes ‘n Tapes in Haiku.

There’s also a National High Five Day soundtrack which they were recently recruiting artists for.

Wynn Walent

David and Goliath
It’s OK


If you’re into sports at all, you’ve probably seen the Nintendo RBI Baseball video reenactment of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series by now. As Gothamist pointed out just two days ago, National High Five Day founder Conor Lastowka is also responsible for this popular piece of genius.

***HIGH FIVE DAY EVENTS TONIGHT*** (April 20, 2006)

IN BROOKLYN – founder Wynn Walent (9:00), Elephant Parade (10:00), and Chris Garneau (11:00) perform at Pete’s Candy Store. Free.

IN SAN DIEGOThe Bo Dukes and Shaka Baku perform at Blind Melon’s in Pacific Beach. Founder Conor will be on hand to sign your copy of RBI Baseball, or your hand.

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