16 June 2008


The Oregon Zoo is a sweet venue for a concert -- a gently sloping lawn bordered by high-quality food and beverage vendors, with excellent outdoor acoustics, a friendly crowd, and a mellow security staff that permits not only dancing in front of the stage but loitering up front long enough to take a photo or twelve. Just keep the fire lanes open, ma'am. They even have sprinklers set up at the back so you can cool off on hot summer afternoons.

Last night we went to an all-N'awlins show at the Zoo. Dr. John opened for the Neville Brothers, whom I adore. My dinner of gumbo and cornbread, which cost all of $7 and change, tasted wonderful as dusk fell and the evening turned chilly. The music, of course, was stellar. Aaron sang Amazing Grace, and life at that moment seemed just about perfect.

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