This was the first of 5 or is it 6 Thursday night jazz performances at the Barnwell on the riverfront. This year, the tent is larger and placed on the lower river deck with tables near, under this tent plus others on the upper patio. The sound system ensures good listening in the entire area. The musicians have their backs to the river and its rather glaring until the sun goes down a bit. We sat under the tent so as to better see the performers and found the decibel volume to be high enough not to do so again.
These guys were great. Apologies if I get the names, spelling wrong, but...Luke, the group leader, on a classic acoustic guitar had a wonderful sound, fascinating technique, Chris Allen on the bass sounded good and was fun to watch as he poured himself into his instrument, Sammy Nix was super on the drums, Dr. Forsythe played a smooth sax that often drew applause and Mr. Rodriquez made my heart sing when he played that marvelous trumpet. This evening was very special. If you weren't at the Barnwell, you missed a really special event.
And to add to the great music, I chatted w. Freda Powell whose sparkplug talents engendered this event, Mary Ellen and Dave Foley, Talbot and Robert Trudeau, and Kathryn Usher who had set up a table of her wonderful art wares for sale. The Barnwell Board sure goofed when Freda's contract wasn't renewed; they won't find anyone better suited for the job.