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My only regret was having to leave two songs early because Paula, my uber sweet Uber driver, texted me to say she was waiting to pick me up. I have had a morbid fear of being stranded at a venue late at night ever since a concert at Wolf Trap years ago when my friend and I were abandoned by our cab driver and the park rangers had to drive us back to civilization in their golf cart.
I hadn't gone to one of the trio's concerts since Yoshi's last June and I'm happy to say everyone looked happy and healthy. Mike just keeps getting better and better and tweaks his opening songs so the sound is a bit different each tour. He's changed the order around as well with "Somebody" being second and his Celtic tune last. He continues his zaniness and at one point was lying on the stage floor with his feet in the air clapping his shoes together. He said he loves New Orleans and I think it suits him very well. It's a pity the trio weren't here a week earlier for Fat Tuesday; he would have been in his element. Mardi Gras in NOLA is a mind-blowing experience!
Room service is here so I'll continue in a few minutes.
03/08/17 3:10 AM
The concert was very laid back with much storytelling, some of it more embellished than usual. I was surprised at how good Justin sounded and how well his voice has held up through this tour. Julie's too. I remember a few years ago she got to belt out a song on her own. She has a huge voice for such a tiny person. I wish they would let her do it again.
The theater was beyond spectacular. It was built in the early Twenties and heavily damaged by Katrina. It reopened recently after years of repair. Next to the Albert Hall, this may be the most beautiful venue I've ever seen. It certainly had the highest ceiling. If you get off on old theaters like I do, this is certainly one to see. I took a few pictures which I'll add when I get home to my laptop.
The audience was small but polite and enthusiastic nonetheless. There was even some dancing during one or two songs which I don't recall happening at solos before. The crowd favorites tonight were "Western Sky", "Watching and "Waiting", "Never Comes the Day" and ?. They undoubtedly loved "Nights " and IKYOTS as well but Paula was waiting so I didn't get to hear them. The audience was asked to help with one line during ? And after we finished singing it Justin said, "Thank you, that's enough."
For me the highlights were "This Morning" and "The Best is Yet to Come". Both had a silky quality quite like when Justin sang "Blue Guitar" at the early Coach House concerts. Really smooth! I also loved hearing "Western Sky" and NCTD.
Two more days in NOLA for me. I love traveling on my own...I don't fight with myself over which restaurant I'm taking myself to for lunch (Mr B's Bistro for artery clogging BBQed Shrimp complete with a mini-loaf of French bread to soak up the sauce and a bib to keep it off your silk blouse), I don't nag myself to turn out the lights before I'm anywhere near ready to go to bed and I don't wake myself up running a shower before 10 a.m. All that and Preservation Hall, too! Nice!
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Unfortunately this post has nothing to do with The Vowels - Two Longs and a Short, but is a sort of an ode to NOLA in prose. NOLA is my second favorite American city. If you're not interested, you're certainly not obligated to read further. The post may be disjointed because I've just come back from Preservation Hall and stopped in at Pat O'Brien's for a to go fruity coconut drink with a long French name I can't recall...three shots of different spirits, coconut milk, OJ, pineapple and lime. Needless to say I am slightly tanked after drinking only half of it.
To appreciate NOLA one must have a sense of adventure and be willing to just let things unfold with no specific plan. NOLA is fascinating and it's a place of mystery to be experienced on many levels. I've always wanted to rent a house here for six months to see how many of those levels I could explore. There's a fascination with death, i.e., it's famous cemeteries (the LSD sequence in the film "Easy Rider" was filmed in St Louis #1) and strong interest in voodoo and the black arts which contribute to NOLA's philosophy of living life for today while living along with the dead. It's a city of contrasts; the French Quarter is wild and crazy and in a state of perpetual decay, The Garden District is beautiful and manicured with some of the finest anti-bellum architecture in the US, the area above Rampart St can be dangerous, and the outer lying areas still suffer from Katrina's aftermath.
I'd like to give you a feeling of what it's like (if you've never been ) by telling you the story of my day. Nola is like surfing the internet and just going wherever it takes you. I can see this is going to take more time to write and it's already after two a.m.; I need to get up early so I'll continue it tomorrow. Until then, sweet dreams and happy travels.
03/09/17 8:17 PM
Sounds interesting, Mango. I've never properly explored NOLA, myself.
Just getting settled in after my latest Moody related adventures. Headed south last Thursday to Dallas, saw Justin's show at Granada Theatre. Some confusion for me about tickets at that venue, as it appeared all would be GA, so I had purchased a VIP pkg in hopes of getting a better chance at good seats; when I arrived, was told my "seat at will call" was GA STANDING at the rear of the floor section! Well...I am too old and arthritic for that, so...thanks to Nancy G, found someone with an extra seat and purchased an upgrade to about 3rd row! Was an excellent show; Justin looked healthy and happy, had a few sniffles but sounded wonderful. He is dressing in black slacks, white long sleeved shirt, with black vest and dress shoes for his solo shows, and he looks very dapper and handsome. I had some severe problems with allergies...SO many wildfires in OK and TX, plus cedar pollen and all the early blooming trees and flowers..ended up having to get into my emergency kit and give myself a shot to get me through the trip! Have no idea how Justin manages to sing with all this "stuff" in the air! Friday morning headed off for Houston, which is on my list of cities to be avoided when possible due to the HORRIBLE traffic; made it to my hotel on NW side of Houston OK. Decided to make a "trial run" that night to make sure that I could make it down to The Heights Theatre Saturday night with no problems. Everything seemed great; even my grouchy, outdated GPS found it with no problems. However-when I started out along the same route Saturday night enroute to the show, soon found myself diverted onto I-10 due to construction which started THAT DAY! Thank goodness I always start out early, as both GPS and I were hopelessly lost in heavy traffic in the rain for a bit, but eventually found my way back to 290 and ended up at the theatre in plenty of time. Connected with Arline H, but not the other 2 members of my party, who as it turned out were unable to make it to Houston (missed you, Ann and Mango!) Interesting venue, with (too many) tables jumbled in in front of the stage and GA seats at back of floor and upstairs. Looked to be just about sold out, as was Dallas, and the crowd was loud and appreciative. Mike is getting really enthusiastic responses from the crowds and was selling a limited edition cd, which he was happy to autograph for anyone interested between his set and Justin's. He says he has a new album ready to release, but record company has delays, so he released some of the songs from the new cd and some live tracks from previous tour in a limited release cd he had printed up in Dallas. Looking forward to hearing it. Justin was a bit more subdued that night, I thought, but sounded good. Made it back to my hotel somehow after the show; was up early next morning for a long drive in the rain to San Antonio. Loved seeing all the trees and flowers bloomed out and all the green grass, when it stopped raining long enough to see them! My hotel in SA was near the venue, but check in did not start until 4PM, while JH shows x 2 were at 3 and 7PM, so wandered down to find something to eat, brushed my teeth at the car, and made it back to the Tobin Center to stand in line for GA seating in VIP section (1st 2 rows). Connected with several other long time fans, and then ended up front row on the left. Strange setup, with NO STAGE, just a carpeted area taped off down front with a canvas backdrop stretched along the wall behind it, and front row started about 15-18 ft from the stage, 1st 2 rows of seats flat, then raised section behind. Sound was excellent. Mike again got a great reception and made some new fans; guy next to me said he reminded him of a young Nils Lofgren. Justin seemed in excellent spirits, with lots of smiles and interacting with the crowd, lots of banter onstage. At one point, as Chris the guitar tech was buzzing about like mad as usual, changing out guitars and plugging Justin's guitar in, Justin teased him that it was too bad he couldn't get service like that out in the real world, to which Chris replied that he was available at the moment! Chris came rushing out once when he was supposed to hand guitars to both Justin and Julie, and apparently tried to hand JUSTIN"S guitar to JULIE. She threw her hands up and refused to accept it, which drew a laugh from the crowd, then looked around for a place to sit them down, and finally handed one to Justin, saying, "hold this , it'll just take a minute," or something to that effect, which brough a smirk and laugh from Justin, and the comment, "the words that every woman hates to hear!" I may not have the words exactly right, but...too funny. Crowd loved it. Every once in a while, the veil slips and we get to share a little of that wicked sense of humor he has... 2nd show was even better, I think. Justin's voice showed a little strain, but he sang softer than before, which I love, and made it through just fine. He again asked for help singing a line during Question, saying, "I need a little help with this one" at the high point " 'cause I just ain't got it!" and that we should all "belt it out" if we knew the words, but not to worry, because "Julie's gonna sing it, anyway!" Of course we all sang loudly, and gladly. Excellent show. It amazes me that he can still sound SO good at the END of the tour, with all the smoke and pollen in the air! After the 2nd show, went out with several other fans to eat at a great local restaurant (La Tienna??) which had probably the best Mexican food I've ever eaten. Didn't get to explore any along the Riverwalk this trip, unfortunately. Next morning, headed north, drove like crazy to make it to Tulsa for Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders show at the BOK (I had already bought this ticket BEFORE Justin decided to tour in Texas!) Long, crazy trip, but loved it. Hearing Justin sing truly recharges my soul! Thanks to all the fans who kept me company and helped make this such a wonderful trip for me! Safe travels to all, and see ya on the road soon!
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