A day of a blues festival provided plenty of people watching opportunities.
The annual Jazz and BBQ Ribs Festival was in town. Easily the most interesting subjects here were the people – both the musicians and the spectators.
For more than 60 years Dave Ramey has been one of the best in the country in restoring old music machines. These mechanical devices date from the early 1900s, and feature a number of instruments including pianos, banjos, drums and others.
Dave’s business has been located in Marysville, Ohio for more than 10 years. In an effort to encourage people to check out downtown Marysville, they have placed the machines in a number of the small shops. All you have to do is show up, use one of the free nickels, and get a song from a cool machine.
The fun continues at Parade the Circle.
The annual Parade the Circle in Cleveland puts the camera on overload! From the hundreds taken 40 are worthy of a posting, so it is split into 2.
This year’s theme is Mythology of Illusion.
As a historic city San Antonio had a decent amount of older homes and buildings in the center of the city.
The King William Historic District is just south of downtown. It has a great collection of restaurants and shops, but the highlights are the beautiful old houses.
As we reached downtown we passed by a couple great old buildings.
A classic clock, which we appear to have caught at high noon.
Nix Hospital s housed in a very fine example of an Art Deco building.
There are still a couple vintage theaters in town.
The Post Office and Court House is located across the plaza from the Alamo.
The Tower Life Building was completed in 1927. This eight sided classic Art Deco skyscraper also housed San Antonio’s first Sears store when first opened.
The Drury Hotel occupies the former Alamo National Bank building. Located along the famed Riverwalk the 24 floor building has many impressive details in the lobby.
We chose instead to stay at the Gunter Hotel, another great old hotel.
The Gunter Hotel is famous for being the location that blues legend Robert Johnson recorded most of the 29 songs he ever recorded. The bar celebrates the fact that he recorded in room 414, by calling themselves the Bar 414.
Despite the fact that Robert was from Mississippi, he was brought to San Antonio by a talent scout for Vocalion Record, Ernie Oertle. A producer from the label, Don Law, set up a recording studio in room 414 and 413 of the Gunter Hotel.
The drawing below is from an album cover of Robert’s music that was re-released in the 1960s depicting this recording session.
This is the room today, with the small white chair in the corner where Robert was sitting, facing the wall for the acoustics. How do I know this? This was our room for the night!!!
When we arrived every cushion was turned on end, every drawer was open. I immediately assumed it was Robert welcoming us! We spent the night hanging out listening to Robert’s music, either his original or the hundreds of covers from the Stones, Clapton and others.
We had a great few days in the Big Easy, coming away with fantastic memories, and lots of photographs.
Nola = New Orleans, LA (abbreviation for Louisiana) NOLA
Nola is a city with their own language and culture.
The home of jazz music.
One of the best places for local food like Po’ Boys is Mothers.
There are plenty of horse drawn carriages for the tourists, resulting in carriage jams.
The number of wide boulevards are surprising for such an old city.
Louis Armstrong Park – more Nola celebrating jazz.
The locals are friendly, and at times had free beer!
The French Quarter, while touristy, is a unique place.
Plenty of street entertainment.
St Louis Cathedral is impressive.
More views of the Quarter.
Plenty of Voodoo stores to choose from, should you need them.
Did I mention music!
But this New Orleans parade is over….
Time to roll on out of town. À la prochaine.