Kim and I arrived about an hour before Les Sans Culottes took the stage as the closers last night for the Bastille Day Block Party outside Barbette's French restaurant in Uptown,
Music outdoors is almost always a dicey situation - last night was no different. The band we first listened to was mixed way heavy on bass and drums - that is about all we could hear.
Jon had asked me to bring the Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean up for his use rather than go through the hassle of flying with his guitars. The Tennessean is a great axe (pictured in action) but after several tunes, Jon realized that he was going to have continuing problems with feedback.
Fortunately I had packed the solid body Danelectro and he finished the set with that.
It became obvious immediately why Les Sans Culottes had been chosen as closers -- they grabbed the audience with both their musical prowess and unbridled enthusiasm. The theory that people don't know what they like - they like what they know - was proven as the crowd's favorites of the set were covers in French of My Sharona and Boots Are Made For Walking.
We were on the road by 10:30 PM and got back home around 12:10AM.