I played at a cool little event in Venice Beach last night — a house concert with a bunch of musicians and actors doing 10-15 minutes sets. It’s the same format as an open mic except that the organizer recruits most of the players.
Brad Kay (piano) and Tom Marion (mandolin) are both stellar old time jazz players.
The highlight of the night was Frank Fairfield’s red hot set on fiddle and jug.
The lowlight was going on right after Frank. I got a little nerved up and blanked on parts of an easy song. People were mainly still enthusiastic about the music, but not me.
It turned into a rocking and superloose party and I had to tear myself away after midnight. Just as I was leaving I noticed that the host had an entire room devoted to his record collection.