I really had a great time at the Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
yesterday. Part of their Music & Mosaics Concert Series, this
special "a night in Paris" in honor of the Philadelphia
International Festival of the Arts featured Dallas Vietty's Musette
Project, The Philly Musette Project and... my Bluesy French-Pop!
Very nice night in Philly, we played outside while the
attentive public was doing a sort of picnic on mosaic!
openened and set the ambiance to a true "soiree
parisienne". Dallas is a great accordion player. It is amazing how
much you can tell that he has a true passion for his
instrument. Again, one thing is to play, another thing is too play
well, but it is definitely more when you see this kind of love.
With great guitar manouche lead
, rhythm guitar Joe Ellis and Jim Stager at the bass,
they really lit up the gardens with their musette!
- pianist/ accordionist Heath Allen and vocalist
Phyllis Chapell - closed the evening with a beautiful tour of
French classics from yesterday to today with songs from Edith Piaf,
Pink Martini and our one and only First Lady Carla Bruni. They
define their style as "
elegance, charm and maximum joie d’vivre
", and that is
exactly what we saw heard, and felt yesterday.
In between, I played songs from "Paris-Chicago" and more.
After some technical sound problems to begin with (always adds to
the pressure!), I really started to get to know an
incredibly open-minded public, who really wanted to listen to
something different for them: songs they never heard before and
that they also don't understand... it's always my challenge, but
they made me feel good about it yesterday.
Check-out this souvenir, and I'll post more soon.