Charlotte, North Carolina – MWF and I got our calendars in sync to check out legendary blues artist, Taj Mahal (an artist on MFW’s bucket list). Although I enjoyed Mahal’s show, I must admit that I had never heard his work before. It turns out Mahal is a wonderful storyteller and amazing musician. Even if it’s not my style, I appreciate what he does.
The show took place at the McGlohon Theater [Uptown]. Inside of the venue are several panels of stunning stain glass [See photo above]. Naturally, the bar was pricey but my pour of Makers Mark was on point. Due to my ambulatory issues, the seats originally booked for us upstairs were switched to seating downstairs in the orchestra pit. [side note: The upstairs ushers were sweet as pie. Many thanks.]
Aloft hotel [Charlotte, N.C. – Uptown] – Check it: This hotel is built into a weird maze of an open air mall. Pluses: The room was clean. The bed was comfortable. The wifi and cable worked without issue. Minuses: There are no microwave ovens in any of the rooms. To re-heat food and/or drink, you must go down to their lobby. The Aloft chain has a low key party vibe while housed in a faux boutique hotel setting. Ask for a room above the twelfth floor, on “the quiet side”. You will not regret it.
We weren’t able to check out any of Charlotte’s local record shops but did get to check out Tamales La Pasadita. I urge you to check this place out if you are into authentic Mexican cuisine. I ordered one of every tamale combination they had available. Each offering was on point. Highly recommended.
Athens, Georgia – Today’s weather is crisp, cold with bright sunny skies. For me, the perfect elements for an enjoyable winter day. No complaints here.
I pulled out a few records and a compact disc for housecleaning: the deep scrubbing edition. Jody Watley’s solo debut and Sylvester’s Step II are old faves. I thoroughly snatch dirt from cracks, crevices and baseboards with up-tempo dance music. Donna Summer’s double album, On the Radio, is another album that aids me during Saturday cleaning. The Young and Peterson album is romantic, straight ahead jazz. It swings and you don’t need to be to mathematical when listening to it. Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin: Chapter One was given to me as a Christmas present from MWF. Roberts, a multi-talented saxophonist, is doing that free jazz thing with a brain, heart, humor and soul. This one caught me by surprise as I’d never heard of her. Thoroughly enjoyable. New fan.
‘Scuzz til Death’ screenprint [FriendPrices]
Found out about artist Don Picton’s work as I was scrolling through a buddy’s Instagram feed. This dude’s [Picton] aesthetic mirrors a style I highly dig, speaking to me with its’ straight-up mid-to-late 60s freak-monster-fuzz lean. Love. It. All.
‘Contrepoint’ [Because/ 2015] – Nicolas Godin [A.P.C.]
This album – brought to us by one half of French electronic duo, Air – is just gorgeous.
‘Halsey 70’ suede lace-up granny boots [Shoes of Prey]
Shoes of Prey. Wow-weeee. The boot [above] – as with all of their designs currently offered – you can custom design yourself, if you [like me] are into that kind of thing. Natch, it cost extra but if you have to ask, just skip it. Easy.
Jo Ann Callis, California based – American photographer