Lots more music in La Cruz
As I mentioned, the engine problems were very much mitigated by the fact
that we were having so much fun in La Cruz. In addition to the jams
I have mentioned on previous pages (the first jams at Philo's and Ana's,
and the Bucerias New Years Gig), over the following two weeks, I also had
occasion to participate in six more jams, more than I would typically
do in a two weeks in San Diego!
- Thu Dec 27 - Open Mic at Philos (fill in for Peggy)
- Fri Dec 28 - Fill in for Peggy at Philos (paying gig)
- Sun Dec 30 - Open Mic at Ana Banana's
- Thu Jan 3 - Open Mic at Philos</li>
- Sun Jan 5 - Open Mic at Ana Banana's
- Tue Jan 8 - Open Mic at Brittanica
Because Peggy, the regular bass player, had come down with the flu,
Philo asked me to fill in for several evenings, so two times I got to play all four
sets at Philos. In fact, he tried to pay me for playing a Friday night
gig, but I told him to just donate it to his "Friendship Fund" which
helps needy families in the area. On the Dec 27th jam at Philo's,
I got a chance to play with Willie, the violin player from Willie
and Lobo, which everyone had raved about, as he got up on stage with
Me and Philo and did a bunch of great tunes. Also notable to me was
the Friday Dec 28th jam at Philo's when I got to work with Diego,
the drummer, who was the first musician I had actually met in La Cruz,
as we were wandering around the streets the first day we
The subsequent Open Mic's at Ana Banana's just got better and better too.
I continued to back Rusty and Hock, met Greg, and got to see and
meet the players in this great young Flamenco band called Tatewari.
I backed a guy named Greg who sang really sweet nice songs, and got
to do another set with Nicholas. I think
that was the night that Denny Lunsford blew into town. Denny is an excellent
blues guitar player and I got several chances to jam with him.
In fact, my final jam in La Cruz was with Denny on Guitar, a young
guitar player named Paul who ripped up, and Steve on Drums.
They let me front a few songs, so we did Big River, Dancin in the
Streets, and some nice blues tunes at Britannica the night before
we left La Cruz.
I also have to mention the great time we had seeing Willie and Lobo
on Wed January 2 at the Black Forest with our good friends Laura and
Louis, and new friends Ari and Maurice and several other couples
Willie on violin and Lobo on Flamenco Guitar were a fantastic combination of
Mystical Gypsy Country music that defies description but brought the crowd
to a heighted state of awareness with each song they played. Of course, with
Tequila (Dudley) there, we got our awareness so heightened that I had a hard
time waking up the next day!
At my final jam in La Cruz, the one at Britannica, the Tequila flowed
more than ever. Note in the picture above how many shots were
lined up! At one point I ordered 5 and they brought 10 shots, yikes!
I think we had 8 or 9 shots to drink, each, that night :-)
... Once again, on our last night in La Cruz, we got toasted and had a great time.
Still more music in La Cruz