Saturday, July 5, 2008
Getting out of town is great. Coming back is ok, too. The town does a Fourth of July festival at the lake. Most of it can be missed without missing much. There are a couple of things, though, that get me to slog through the muggy, sweaty crowd....the greasy smells of the mid-way.... red beans and rice and some Zydeco.
For some reason, and I truly don't care to think about it much, part of the festival is a Cajun music stage with bands like the Lost Bayou Ramblers and the Creole Cowboys.....with some decent little food stands to grab a bowl gumbo or crayfish etoufee or some boudin sausage. The music breaks me up. Music in a tent, with squeeze box and washboard and a little fiddle. It might not be something to listen to on your morning commute, but on a hot July afternoon with a little beer, it can't be beat.
I had to catch another funky neat local band....Dr. Kickbutt and his Orchestra of Death.....
(Ok I haven't figgered out how to add a cool video yet. live with it)
The great part about Dr. Kickbutt is you never exactly know who is going to be in the band. It could be anywhere from five people to 23. The music is described on a website as
'Dr. Kickbutts's Orchestra of DEATH. is 30's vaudeville, hint of jazz a splash of ragtime and load of cornball rolled into a fart joke your uncle once told you by the campfire.'
All the musicians are local. Aaron runs the New Moon coffee shop and his brother operates the family pizza joint. They are folks you run into on the street or sit next to in a bar while you watch the Packer game on TV. Most of the gigs they play are in small bars, or at the coffee house .....and some times, the local farmer's market. (which reminds me I gotta go down there and pick up some lettuce and cilantro.....and some eggrolls.) No, it isn't high brow, no...it is not Carnegie Hall, but there is a clarity in people doing something .....not for money, or fame.....just straight up......they are doing it because they enjoy it and it spreads the fun. Hmmmmmmm....sounds like blogging without the computer.
I'm headed down to the lake. Someone told me that there is a small stand selling cheese on a stick. I like cheese on crackers.....gotta check out what cheese on a stick tastes like. Wowsers