I’m going to take a bit of time out of my busy schedule to praise the band Guster. I attended a concert of theirs in Bloomington, IN, and I was astounded by the performance. They aren’t just phenomenal musicians, but also truly entertaining performers. They joked with the crowd, and they also joked with themselves. The singer, for example, went through a bit of travel problems when he landed in the Bloomington Airport, only to learn that it was Bloomington, Illinois. Wrong state. It was the theme of the night.
Here’s an example of how they found humor in the drummer, and his complete lack of singing ability (I sympathize with this).
This band doesn’t have the fame of, say, PSY, and yet they have been around since the early 90’s. such extended if moderate success is truly an incredible feat compared to the brief explosions of fame that many artists come and go with every year.
They also embody how bands operate in the 21st century. Tweets were sent out when the airport mix-up was realized. Ahead of time, they had asked that if anyone wanted to suggest a song, they would have to bring an interesting object for the band. “The Colonel Sanders Christmas” LP was particularly popular.
When my girlfriend came in from out of town, I knew that something special had to be done. We put our heads together and came up with a few passions that we share: pancakes, jazz, and traveling the world. Since we had already eaten pancakes, and traveling didn’t make sense during her visit to Indy, we settled on jazz.
On a Saturday evening we went online to make reservations at The Jazz Kitchen. The system was incredibly easy, and one of the first online reservations I’ve ever made. Impressive. We saw that the group Jared Thompson and Premium Blend, a fantastic group that played a few tunes I was familiar with and opened my ears to a number of new songs.
Then we ordered food. My goodness. We got the house specialty, a giant pan of Spanish paella. This was a real surf and turf, teaming with chicken, calamari, clams, sausage, and so much more. It felt like I was eating an ecosystem. A delicious, rice-y ecosystem.
The night was relaxing, the music was exciting and beautiful, and the food left us gasping for breath. In a good way. I give this restaurant seven trombones.
Note: must be 21 years to enter. Also there’s a cover charge. That’s where they get ya’.
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