The idea of a "community" dog loping around a small town is idyllic and brings to mind not-so-distant times and Willie Morris' "My Dog Skip." It's nice to know the day of the community dog isn't completely old-fashioned. For example: Otto - "The Mayor of Mystic" - a fine and affable hound who was instantly recognizable as he gamboled throughout the streets and shops of the historic downtown district.
Alas, Otto, who belonged to sibling musicians Pat and T-Bone Crawford of Pearl Street, recently passed. Otto was so beloved, though, that several area bands are performing Saturday at "Ottobahn," a benefit to ensure that a proper gravestone can be purchased for the sainted animal.
The show takes place in the Workshop in Mystic, and performers include Slander, Art of Kanly, Riftreaper, Hard Plastic Buttons, Johnny's Mobil and the Anderson Family Picnic. Colin Cooper emcees and Ravie Gravie provides lights.
- RICK KOSTER
Ottobahn - A Benefit for Otto, 7 p.m. Saturday, The Workshop, 40 Washington St., Mystic; $5 minimum donation; (407) 496-2425, themysticworkshop.com.