This past weekend we were invited to Earl Klugh's Jazz Weekend. We know finger style guitar and Django Reinhardt's style of jazz, and, of course, Earl's wonderful music. We don't know what's out there as far as good jazz goes. So, when life gave us the chance to escape, we did!!!
We arrived on the coast of South Carolina late in the day Thursday. We found where the registration desk was, were given our tickets and told to go out to the shuttle immediately! Wow!
The shuttle took us to Mingo Point (kind of ironic, since our daughter loves flamingoes and I think one of her pen names is Mingo!). The sun was slowly setting over the marsh and they had an oyster bar out there, tables and benches to sit on and Spencer Day sang. He's a crooner. Very easy to listen to especially when Earl was accompanying him!!
As we left, someone offered to take our picture at the sign. We were all headed back to the shuttles to take us back to The Sanctuary, the big hotel on the island, where we had what they call a lowcountry feast. Big buffet with chicken, mahi mahi, ribs and bbq with sauces to choose from and deserts, peach cobbler, tiny key lime pies and tiny pecan pies. Made me think of you, Maggie!
Then back to the island and put on warmer clothes because the concert was outside. Gates opened at 6 and the show started at 7. There were about 60 heaters all going full blast.
Here's Earl introducing the evening. The place filled up quite quickly. We were in row AA. It went from A - V and then started at AA again. As the evening continued, it got colder with the low according to our phones, as we left, at 39 degrees. Not a problem really. We were up and moving around as the evening progressed, awesome music, alot of dancing!!
Saturday morning we figured we'd better find the ocean. Our villa was inland, not far from the hotel so we took our handy little map and found the ocean. This is off season and still a bit cold but the ocean was so peaceful. Once we were there, it warmed up. Amazing. Kept taking off our layers!! People were out there in shorts and tshirt, barefoot, walking the beach with their kids.
Then out came Ray Parker Jr. Apparently they played as kids, meeting when they were about 13 and keeping up with each other over the years.
Here Earl's laughing as Ray introduced the song that put his kids through college. Just 3 chords........Ghostbusters. Talk about everyone standing and rocking to that tune!! Oh yeah, this hotel has 2 wings, one on each side of the main lawn. During this show, alot of the people staying there were out on their decks watching. At least one guy had his Ipad up, recording Ghostbusters. There were even a couple of workers up on the roof. I don't think they were security, just 2 guys up there because they disappeared immediately after that!!