If you asked people I know to use a word to describe me, the word "cool" probably wouldn't make the top 10. I'm funny, caring, and I wear great shoes, but cool - that would come way down on the list. So, it really thrilled me that I did something totally cool on Friday night! I went clubbing! Not just visiting clubs, I went to the Grand Opening of a local night spot and saw a concert! The Grand Opening Night - very cool!
I live in a city with a deteriorating downtown. Over the years there have been grand promises to revitalize it - usually by out-of-towners. One truly "genius" idea (notice the quotes - I really don't mean genius) was to build a Bass Pro store. Now, I have nothing against those huntin' and fishin' people, but really, will a Bass Pro store revitalize downtown? I think not - and thank goodness that idea died. But in the last few years some locals have slowly been rebuilding our downtown. Now we have some honest-to-goodness lofts and artsy areas that just may, slowly, be the guiding force to bringing back our downtown.
Well, last night a 500 seat club venue called Fulton 55 opened near a new section of residential/business lofts. And the opening act was a local musician named Patrick Contreras. He plays the violin. Now, stop yawning - I see you, and you over there - stop rolling your eyes! He doesn't just play the violin - he takes his violin to places that violins have never visited - never even believed they could visit. He plays rock and roll with his violin! And it is...AMAZING!
I like the violin, but WOW - to hear him play it - I fell in love with it! He made it haunting and rockin and toe tapping and hip grinding - and VERY SEXY!! I mean REALLY, REALLY, SEXY! (I'll be back in just a minute - I need to go splash my face with cool water - while I'm gone, check out this little clip.)
Ok, I'm back. Did you hear it? AMAZING! He plays Hendrix and the Beatles, and many of his original pieces!
So - I'm feeling pretty cool right now - I should be over it by tomorrow! But, if you live anywhere near the Central Valley in California - you must...must...check out Patrick Contreras - and Fulton 55! I'm feeling very proud to support my local musicians and our newest club! And guess what - I'm going back next Friday to hear some blues! Thanks Mr. & Mrs. Wine Guru's - I'm going to change your names to Mr. & Mrs. Cool! (At least till tomorrow!)
P.S. - Baby Girl wishes to thank all of you for your comments about her ringworm - she made $8.00 which certainly has helped to tolerate the "horrible shame" of her ringworm episode! You can stop commenting now...please!