The weekend was filled with activity. On Friday I went with a group of friends to Italian Fest and took in a concert by Sammy Hagar. The whole thing was loud but enjoyable. Sammy came out and did a four hour show (literally). There was no opening band, it was all Sammy. He covered his "classics" from Montrose (Bad Motor Scooter, etc), his solo days, tunes from the movies Heavy Metal (i.e. Heavy Metal) and Footloose (Girl Gets Around) and then his Van Halen era. Mindless entertainment!!!
After the show a few of us went through the late night drive through of Taco Bell. We pulled into a parking spot and talked about Scripture to about 2 am (I am sure that was not inspired by Sammy though). It was wonderful.
On Saturday I took in a long bike ride with my baby doll, Pamella. Then we made the trip to north of downtown Milwaukee for the Garfield Avenue Blues, Jazz, Gospel & Arts Festival. As you can imagine this was much different than Sammy! Garfield Avenue was the center of a thriving black cultural community literally called Bronzeville. Bronzeville was bordered by State Street to North Avenue and Third to 12th Streets. From 1900 to 1960 this area had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and the blues. It was a city within a city. Some have called Bronzeville the Milwaukee version of Harlem.
For a number of years in an effort to revitalize the area, bring back interest in black history and culture a number of locals have sponsored this festival. There are five stages (one for Gospel, Blues, Jazz and two more for other acts) that are never silent. The atmosphere was great.
Pamella and I had hot water cornbread, some awesome barbecue ribs and simply enjoyed ourselves. One of the highlights for us was the legendary Clara Ward Singers appeared twice on the Gospel stage. They put on quite a show for us.
I had some conversations with a number of fascinating people. I talked with the author of a new book coming out called Bronzeville: A Milwaukee Lifestyle, I visited with some workers at the black Holocaust Museum, and with some folks from the Nation of Islam. All in all it was a delightful experience and I recommend it to everyone. The weather was magnificent, only about 78 degrees and sunshine galor.
I enjoyed myself!