What Time Is It? Jazz Festival Time!

(Note: I wrote most of this Monday afternoon, especially the first paragraph.)

I’m still kind of worn out from all the walking and dancing I did yesterday at the San Jose Jazz Festival, and I’m also coming out of a churro daze (I made churros for dessert and they were scrump-diddly-umptious). So if this post reads like someone coming off a hash bender wrote it, my lingering lethargy is the reason why. (“Oh, but isn’t that how you normally write?”–you) 

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Seen from the entrance of the festival.

Prior to getting there, I faced a few minor setbacks. I almost forgot my hand sanitizer at home. I made the very-Mensa move by buying my lawn chair the day of the festival. And only the expensive ones were in-stock at Target. (Oh, and I didn’t bother using the chair in the end. Easy return, I guess.) When I arrived in SJ, I couldn’t find the parking area where I made a parking reservation at. It was only until I settled for street parking that things started to look up. For one, street parking in downtown SJ is free on Sundays, and I parked just a block away from the main festivities!

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Some of the artwork spotted at the event. That’s supposed to be Kobe but he’s got his afro from his #8 jersey days and the face is giving me drunk Will Smith with corny B-movie villain eyebrows. 

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Views of the main stage while some event goers jam to the music. 

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Performer Tia Carroll with the Greaseland All-Stars on the Big Easy Stage. What a singer! 

The park at downtown SJ couldn’t hold all the stages in one spot (there are six stages and the park only accomodated two), and when I heard that there was a stage for Latin Jazz performances a block away, I made a beeline over there. 

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Not surprising, there were plenty of people getting their mambo on!

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Not pictured: me doing the same thing. Taking selfies while in motion is kind of tough. 

The main act and more is after the cut!

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Going To A Jazz Festival

I feel giddy and nervous over finally getting the opportunity to attend the San Jose Jazz Festival later today. Giddy because I’ve been wanting to go to this event for years. Nervous because hello–there’s still a bitch-ass pandemic happening. Don’t worry, I’ll be doing the one thing I’ve been doing at outdoor festivals pre-pandemic: staying away from the crowds. I’ll also be double-masking it and keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer with me. 

What’s driving me to go to this show? This legendary band, of course!

 

You may be wondering: what does Morris Day and The Time have to do with jazz? Um, everything! Maybe they’ll play a jazzy version of “Gigolos Get Lonely Too” complete with hot saxophone interlude. 

And when they perform “Jungle Love”, this will be me by my lawn chair.