I just returned from witnessing a "Gig from Hell" in a small South Florida town that has a lively band scene on Friday nights. Many of the small bars, cafes and restaurants on the main street feature live music with everything from a gal with an acoustic guitar singing Melissa Etheridge-type material to an all out blues rock band fully amplified. Well, one bar favored by bikers has a large open air patio area. At this bar was playing an extremely well amplified blues rock band cranking out Joe Walsh and Eagles covers. They were going to town and clearly audible from the street. Trouble is, right next door was a small sidewalk cafe which had for entertainment a guy and gal with acoustic guitars. They were seated on stools right at the sidewalk area. The gal had a pure, lovely voice in the style of , oh say, Joan Baez. She was singing folk songs and similar peaceful, tranquil music meant to relax the patrons of the cafe. Yet, as luck would have it, the well-amplified band next door was drowning her and her companion out on every song. Sometimes she could be heard between songs from the neighboring band, but she would just get going and they would crank it up again. But that wasn't enough. Someone had elected to walk their dog at the same time someone else had elected to walk his German Shepard. When these two dogs crossed paths right in front of the side walk cafe, a full scale dog barking war started. What was worse, neither dog owner seemed at all bothered by the racket their dogs were making. I just don't know how this pair of musicians managed to keep their cool. For me it would have been nearly impossible to perform against this backdrop of competing sounds. As both establishments regualrly feature live music, I wonder why the owners haven't tried to work an accommodation in which the performers alternate sets so that one band doesn't drown out another. I wonder if there isn't some real animosity between the owners. Who suffers most, though, are the patrons and the performers, except the loudest band may not be inconvenienced very much.