|Gyspy jazz guitar workshops began in the afternoon, the first by Ray (pictured showing Rabyn and Tara something) and Linda (not) from Gypsy Moon.|
|The second workshop was conducted by Slim Richey (again, not pictured). I was busy video recording and playing guitar rather than shooting with the still camera, but here's a shot of Slim's D-hole Gitane. It's a lot like mine although it has the gloss finish on it and he added a mini-humbucker with associated volume knob and output jack. And there are his requisite Mardi Gras beads on the headstock.|
|Ray (center) and Linda (left) warm up
before their opening set that night along with Dango Porter* and Albanie
(I forgot her last name, sorry) from Yo! Gadjo.
*That's really his name!
|Soon this place will be packed to capacity... with good reason.|
|All different types of folks come out for gypsy jazz.|
|Slim (there he is!) visits with some of the audience before the show.|
|Folks enjoyed more French food.|
|Every night a different documentary about Django and his musical legacy is shown.|
|It's good to know the origins of this music. Admittedly, you just have to hear it played to know why it's still around.|
|Dani checks out more of the artwork while the documentary plays (We had already seen it; I'm a Django nut, you know).|
|With the movie over, the crowd moves in for the live show.|
|Linda poses daintily.|
|Gracey makes her introductions...|
|...and then Gypsy Moon come on.|
|These kids play a blistering set.
Rabyn pointed out that Ray has the most demanding performance of anyone
at the festival: He always plays note-for-note renditions of just what
Django did. And he pulls it off! Just amazing.
BTW, Linda made the faux gypsy camp fire herself.
|Then Yo! Gadjo prepares for their set. That's Albanie again.|
|Francie MeauxJeaux (left, Slim's wife) and Katie Holmes.|
|Slim Richey with Katie.|
|And finally they're joined by Django Porter.*
*Seriously, that's his name!
|Continue to Part III: Sunday|