Wednesday, April 9, 2008

ABC Wednesday - L is for loud and love and Lamont and Leland!

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Yep, loud. And I loved it, every single second of the February show at Doug Fir on East Burnside. Loud. Loved it. Uh-huh. Uh-huh.

I first heard Grupo Fantasma in Jackson a couple of years ago at a Crossroads Film Festival after-party at Hal & Mal's, one of my favorite hometown places to listen to live music. Grupo Fantasma, as I found on their Web site, is a "band incorporating elements of funk, mambo, merengue, and cumbia." I don't know what cumbia is, but I recognize the rest of those nouns and know their infectious beat. From personal experience I have to say that it's impossible to be still when this band plays. Besides blasting away to a Latin beat, the crowd of musicians enjoyed themselves a whole lot, just like the crowd on the dance floor. That night I bought their two CDs and played them often enough that I could almost sing in Spanish, phonetically, of course, not understanding a single word, but lovin' it!

So, the Wednesday that I knew Mama would probably get to come home on Friday, I read in the Willamette Week (a local alternative newspaper) that Grupo Fantasma would be at Doug Fir the next Wednesday night. Ah, I quickly realized, Kay would be here to help with Mama's transition back to apartment-dweller, so maybe, just maybe, I could go to the show.

I grabbed my cellphone and called our friend Chris who tends bar at Doug Fir. He's from Jackson; we've known him for 25 years, since the guys were all in elementary school; he's now a Portlander, too, and I love him like a son. I asked him to please check to see if the show was sold out. Nope, it wasn't, and he said he'd see if he could get me on the list as his guest. Whooppee!

Naturally our sweet friend Kay thought it would be grand for me to go, that she and Mama and Duncan would be just fine, so the night of Feb. 20 I got on the #20 and rode right over the Willamette River, 30 blocks to certain, rhythmic fun!

Chris had called earlier to tell me that I was on the list, plus one. To join in the fun, Lamont figured that he would ride his bicycle over after his dinner shift at 3 Doors Down Cafe. What more could a mama ask of her first born son than he be her plus one at a live music show?

Having been to Doug Fir's downstairs show venue in the past when Chris was spinning records, I realized if I wanted to sit down, watch people and wait for the show, I'd best get there early. What I didn't realize was that some other group was opening--they were OK but I don't even remember their name. Some people danced which I think is always good for a band's morale when there's a dance floor right in front of 'em. I sort of chair-danced a little bit, but mostly I was saving my energy for what I knew was to come.

When Grupo Fantasma started playing, the dance floor filled right up, practically packed with people moving to the pulsating sound. I stood up right where I was and had a blast, groovin' to the music, watching the musicians, watching the dancers. During their second song, Lamont showed up, and we had ourselves a fine time. The band played for almost two wonderful hours. I took some photos, and I bought their newest CD and a T-shirt. Lamont walked me to the bus stop across the street, and soon I caught the #20 back to the apartment. It was such a great night that it didn't even rain!

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Yep, it was loud, and I loved it, and I loved being there with Lamont. If Leland hadn't had to study for an exam, he'd have been right there with us. I believe I'll throw in lucky as my final L word 'cause I'm one lucky Mama.

If you're of a mind to, go to Mrs. Nesbitt's Place for loads of other ABC Wednesday blogs! You'll need to look at the comments at her blog to find out who is participating this week.

21 comments:

ellen b said...

Loud and just right for Lynette?
sounds like fun...

George Townboy said...

Grupo Lynette, very cool!! You are one lucky Mama, lol.

leslie said...

Whoa! Good one - very unique! Looks like a great time could be had listening to all that loudness. I think my ears would be ringing afterwards, though. :D

lv2scpbk said...

It's been awhile since I went to listen to a band. Good "L" post.

VP said...

It Looks like you had a great time Lynette :)

RuneE said...

It Looked Loud at Least!

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Paulie said...

Great lowdown from Lynette!

Anne-Berit said...

So nice that you cot the chance to be there.Great L-post!Have a wonderful wednesday!

ArneA said...

I had to read thoroughly to find the last L is for Leland, but i managed

Jim said...

Thats a crowded stage to go with the dance floor.

Lynette said...

Thanks, everyone! Leland is my younger son--I just have the two sons and have been a widow since 1983. I am blessed.

John said...

Very good "L" post.

Olivier said...

c'est un bon choix, j'aime bien les photos de concert. il ne nous manque que la musique ;o)
It is a good choice, I like the pictures together. We need just music ;o)

Kim said...

I like it, very cool.

Miss_Yves said...

Lots of "L"
Lovely light too!
Miss Yves

Diana said...

very nice ! but you can keep the loud. hope they don't practice in your home :)

smilnsigh said...

Great 'L'! And certainly a great time was had by all.

And Yes, you are a lucky Mother. But those boys are lucky too. They have a rockin' Mom and they know it, and I'm sure they love it.

Your exuberance for life, just shines out through your posting. And always makes it great, to come here.

Mari-Nanci

AVCR8TEUR said...

Hi Lucky Mama, Looks like your L's this week is all in the family. I haven't been to a concert for a long time so it sounds like lots of fun had by all.

brian said...

Very 'L'ovely post today Lynette! i Love Live music, and the atmosphere as weLL... the coLors in the photos are cooL too! =)

Neva said...

You have a lot of "L"s without looking too far! Loved your story....lucky you !

Petunia said...

Great and load post!!! I love go to conserts. I was on a consert here in Bergen when Delbert McClinton was making a live album! So fun! (Delbert McClinton "Live" 2003)
Come and visit my ABc post and see the movie that follow! And remember the sound! PLAY IT LOAD!
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