I have written in the past about the 'that's entertainment' moments, when a musical performance or performer puts on a show that stays with you. Well, I experienced one of those recently and the fact that I was still smiling about it over a week later was a signal that I needed to write about it.
I worked at the Parks & Recreation Jamboree--an event held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds where arts professionals man a table and offer information about themselves to the various Parks & Recreation staffers and others who walk through the event. I had a little "Steel Pennies" table, with flyers for our band, stickers, my computer set up with some of our videos from You Tube, and a banjo on a stand. I was sitting next to a couple of guys who are drummers and do presentations for children. Then event ran for six hours, and there was a stage where some showcase acts had a chance to perform.
I saw some good showcases: The Andy Hackbarth Band--I knew him before he went to Nashville and learned the ropes of being a singer/songwriter. I really enjoyed the country rock band, Triple Nickel--and I talked with the lead singer afterwards about how fun it would be to do a show together with them. Triple Nickel and Steel Pennies could do the spare change show!
The band that really made an impression was called Papa Juke. I actually didn't get their name that day, but contacted the event organizer later to ask who they were. They were a four piece, with electric guitar, drums, electric bass, and harmonica. Their genre is what they call blues, juke, jam. And they rocked out! When they took the stage they played with absolute abandon. It was fun and put a smile on everyone's face. It was a great way to end the event.