A quick cab ride and we are at the Fair Grounds. First up, Mia Borders is finishing up her set at Gentilly and she and her band sound great. A good funky beginning. Over to the Blues Tent for the Little Freddie King Blues Band. Freddie is sounding good as ever and Gumbo's buddy is wailing on the mouth harp. We are two for two! But the best is yet to come - The Honey Island Swamp Band kicks our asses! With hints of Lowell George-era Little Feat and a first rate horn section that includes Peter's friend Derek Huston on sax, this band is unbelievable. Never heard of them, but we are mighty glad we found them.
|PHS Barry, Lisa & JK outside Blues Tent|
We clean up and take a cab out to The Joint for FABULOUS ribs, brisket, sausage. Jersey Mark/Lisa show up just as The Joint was closing but they were able to talk their way into a big ol bag of take out, which we watched them eat outside. A couple blocks down to Vaughn's, Kermit Ruffin's place, where we pay a $15 cover for one song before he takes a half-hour break. Bad timing, indeed. Taxi back to The Quarter and it's bed time!
Friday of the second weekend is traditionally PIANO SHIRT FRIDAY, but since Johnny Gumbo passed away, there will be a brief, tasteless gathering of his friends at Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar instead. Night all.