Thing One: It's quickly becoming gospel in Casa Lou that midweek shows at Zanzabar are worth seeing. The setting is intimate, the music is fantastic, and the folks behind the bar are delightful. I'm only sorry that pretty soon, I won't be able to hack midweek shows when my Meatspace job returns. This week, we caught the dreamy duo, Kaiser Cartel from Brooklyn. Not only was the show wonderful, but the duo were really sweet people. It's always nice to see musicians in a venue where you can chat them up after the show. Zanzabar has some interesting-looking shows lined up for August. I hope I have time to hit at least one more before I cease to be a lady of leisure.
Thing Two: If you'd told me that I would genuinely enjoy the "Jersey Boys" show at the Kentucky Center as much as I did, I would have told you that you didn't get my taste. I'd heard too many times that your average "jukebox musical" was just a flimsy plot holding together crowd-pleasing songs. Let me tell you, "Jersey Boys" pleased their crowd and then some. I'd never seen a mid-act standing ovation before. But the best thing about "Jersey Boys" wasn't the vocal gymnastics of the uber-talented cast, but the sad and sweet plot of the Four Seasons' rise to fame and eventual unravelling. And who knew that the actor, Joe Pesci, as a boy, played an integral role in the formation of the Four Seasons!? (As they say in the script, "Yeah, that Joe Pesci.") If you like the Four Seasons' music, you really have to go see this musical. And if you don't like the Four Seasons, think about going anyway. I was really blown away. Another great job by Broadway Across America.
Thing Three: You're probably tired of hearing me tell you to go to a Bats game... but we went twice this week, including last night when they beat the #1 Columbus Clippers in 11 innings. Our boys are on a ten-game winning streak, and are trying very hard to make it to the Wild Card game. Saturday, last year's boy of summer, Homer Bailey, was back on the mound for the Bats after playing most of the season with the Reds. He's recovering from an inflamed shoulder. We also happened to be at the July 27th game where the Bats took Charlotte to town, winning 19-6, with at least one RBI hit by every starter.
For the next nine glorious (hopefully) days, I'll be blogging from Mexico. Or not blogging, depending on how glorious it is. Mama hasn't had a "real" sit-by-a-pool-and-decompress vacation in years. Sure, last summer was the summer of Newfoundland and Labrador, but we didn't stay in the same place two days in a row. It was a great trip, but it was a lot of work. And earlier this summer I hit up New England, but that too was a lot of traveling around and-- more taxing (but delightful)-- visiting people.
I have a couple of really fabulous "Awesome Louisvillagers" interviews to post while I'm away. (Seriously, these are fantastic!) Feel free to send me nominations for Awesome Louisvillagers, by the way... my list grows longer every day!
Take care of Louisville while I'm away!