Saturday, December 08, 2007
New Orleans - Street Musicians Provide Unique Flavor - Part 3
At the corner of Bourbon Street and Canal Street each evening a group of young men gave an impromptus concert that drew a large crowd of people. Each night that had a core set of musicians - two on the trumpet, a trombone, and two drummers. One night there was a guy on the guitar and on the third night there was a guy with a tuba. This was the spirit of New Orleans.
I brought my young children down from the hotel to listen in on the live music and its impact on the crowd. Both of them are taking music lessons and this was a chance to see how years of practice can be practically applied in the real world.
I only got a chance to walk down Bourbon Street one of the evenings that I was in town. All of the music clubs were back in full swing. With a "190 Octane" in hand I walked and then stopped outside of a club to listen in on the good music that was blaring out of many of them.
I recall about 15 years ago I came to New Orleans with some friends and on a cold January night we went bar hoping between music venues. There are few other cities that can match New Orleans for its live music venues and the spirit of levity that flows from it.
Now if I can just find the data cable for my cellphone I could post some pictures of the street performance on this web site. Stay tuned.