|Nice to see the Voors festing|
Started the afternoon by wandering a bit. My first stop was at the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage where I caught the last song by Madison's Wheelhouse. They crescendoed with a rousing version of 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia.' Funny, we caught this band playing in the street in Wisconsin Dells a month ago and they played to an audience of about twenty people max. But yesterday they packed the venue and the crowd was enthusiastic and rowdy. Wheelhouse really walloped them with Americana precision.
|The Devil Met Contention|
Shortly after leaving the World Sound Stage I ran into Dan and Leah Voors and their beautiful baby girl, Liana. What a cute and curious little one. She had that knowing I'm-just-taking-it-all-in-while-mom-and-dad-push-me-around-in-this-stroller smile. Almost with a wink and a "Don't tell them I know how to walk already" message.
I walked south with the Voors and caught up with them outside of what we see from each other on Facebook. Then I boogied back to the World Sound Stage to catch one of my favorite new Milwaukee bands: The Devil Met Contention (TDMC). TDMC plays a version of Americana music that is infused with a rock 'n' roll vibe and often their songs include a blazing guitar solo or two. I particularly like that they wear nicely tailored suits to perform in. Good thing for them it wasn't too hot yesterday.
After TDMC, I met up with my old colleague and now good friend, John, and his wife Jenny. If there's one thing we have in common it's the love of a cold beer. Doesn't necessarily matter what type -- as long as it's cold and in a glass, we like it. As I was sharing a libation with them, my wife arrived. At this point I thought we'd stick around for a bit and then head home before all of the crazies arrived.
|Unexpectedly heading to see|
Paul Simon with this
It was a great show. Whenever you get a chance to see an icon like Paul Simon you gotta take it. His catalog of songs is so enormous he could play all night. In his roughly two-hour show he played songs from all over his career, but only two or three from his days with Art Garfunkel. It's funny, here's an artist who has hit the top more than once. First in his days performing as a folk duo, and then years later with his African-vibed 'Graceland' album. And at 75 years old, he still looks like he could go on easily for another decade or more. His voice and playing style were as smooth as ever and I'm really glad we got the chance to see him play.
|Paul Simon in Concert|
We finally left the grounds but not before seeing the final song by British siren Joss Stone. Man, her voice I tell ya. It's unmistakable from 100 yards away. It was good to see and hear her, only if for just a few minutes.
All in all, another great day at the fest. Today's going to be a challenge. We've got another event to attend and family's coming in from out of town. Plus it's Burnheart's Pabst Street Party today too. One way or another I'll get there for at least an hour and once I do, who knows what'll happen!