Austin, the weirdest thing. Part 4

(Part 4 of my personal, non-techie report from my trip to #DrupalconNA in Austin, Texas)

So I’ve covered pretty much in the previous posts. But the weirdest best thing is yet to come.

Picture this: little me checking out the ‘hood around my downtown hotel, the Driskill. As I stroll down Congress street I spot the Paramount Theatre. And what their billboard says? Now check this out:

Paramount Theatre concert announcement in Austin Texas on 6.6.14

Paramount Theatre concert announcement in Austin Texas on 6.6.14

Ha! Extra ha! Superdooper Ha!
Walking up to the window, smiling at the girl and asking if there were any tickets left…. – 30 secs later I had one and felt soooo lucky. I’ll get to see Hugh Laurie aka #HughLaurieBlues !

Later on that night, I sat in the marvellous theatre, all excited. The crowd was on older side (think three times the average age of the average #DrupalConNA attendee. *G*).
The theatre is a really nice old building and the right location for concerts “like this“.

Inside the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas

Inside the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas


Enter the band (The copper bottom band, solid background band indeed, they even have an international fan club on Facebook. Modern times, uh) and the man himself.
The gig was less blues than I expected, but much more soul, jazz standards, New Orleans style second line blues. How many Dr. John tunes did they play? I can’t remember, let’s just say #HughLaurieBlues worshipped Dr. John. And made some fun comments in the breaks (we’ll have to discuss the lame joke about Switzerland tough… maybe with some “English apple juice” in hand).
To cut the story short: the concert was the highlight of my trip. All unexpected, but the more fantastic.
The man summed it up in one sentence: …. and then Dr. John said to me “You are a bad motherfucker“.

I have nothing to add to that. I was just plain happy, perfect evening.

You might wonder about the “weird” thing in the title. Early in the concert Hugh asked the crowd how he should address them. After some discussion everybody agreed that he should call us “weird”. And so he did, grinning, for the rest of the gig.

Thats’s all for now for Austin. I liked it (a lot). It won’t take too much to persuade me to come back. Justsayin….

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