Dan and I drove all the way out to the outskirts of Lafayette and by chance passed by Hamilton's Place, a famous Juke Joint of times gone by. I never went to Hamilton's Place, but Michael Juan Nunez has written a cool song about it. Clifton Chenier played many gigs there. Juan's song and video are very cool, indeed. Dan and I made a turn around so I could take photos. I took some and then he took a shot of me in front.We were wasting time before going to see Juan at The Blue Moon. We had some time to kill after eating out for dinner.
|At the end of "Water and Steel" Juan is about to snap|
we went off on a little
shopping spree and wound up at The Blue Moon right in time for the show. It was a hot night and we sweated a lot, but it was worth it.
|Chad is working up a sweat|
|On "The Main Line" on " Pocket Full of Jesus"|
The show was hard core Blues with Juan focused on slide techniques. Dudley played the drums with a lot of "extras." He tapped here, pinged there, and he put emphasis on one of Juan's licks while Chad held down the bottom. It was delightful. Juan ended the show with his psychedelic slide techniques that he creates by loosening the strings and fiddling around with a beer bottle slide. It is fun stuff. Most of the songs were original, filled in with well chosen covers of interesting Blues. Highlights of the night were Juan's "I Don't mind Gettin' and "Pocket Full of Jesus," a satire about a crooked television evangelist.
|Juan gets heavy on "When the Levee Breaks."|
I know they do that a lot in Lafayette, but it was no fun for us, even though we do not drink and drive at all.
|Juan, Patty, and Chad after the show.|