Robert Cray: When I saw him in Atlanta, he came out smoking right from the beginning even though (maybe because) he was really late -- almost an hour. He started off quieter here but was still good. His fatal mistake was in thinking he had a civilized audience. About four songs in, he sang Twenty, the title cut from his new album. Twenty is about a soldier in Iraq who's questioning why he's over there. People started saying, "Why don't you love America?" I saw some people leave. Anyway, I enjoyed hearing him; he and his band were good. They did a lot of stuff I hadn't heard before but then I have several of his albums such as Shame + A Sin that I haven't listened to as much as Shoulda Been Home and I Was Warned.
The Audience: This entire city should not be allowed to attend concerts until they prove that they know the difference between an outdoor music festival like Bayfest and a concert held in a concert hall. They also need to show that they have access to timepieces and know how to use them. I've never been to any kind of event in this city where half the audience hasn't been late. So I'm sitting there trying to watch Eric Johnson and instead I see people's heads and flashlights as these late people are being shown to their seats. I'm also convinced indoor venues should not be allowed to sell alcohol. I wanted to get up during the concert, go to the mic and say, "If you people do not SIT down, Mr. Cray and his bandmates are going to leave. NOW SIT DOWN!" It really was more than a few people going out to get beer and then coming back -- it was half the audience. And then there was this undercurrent of conversation during the whole concert that was loud enough to be disturbing -- I would also have said "SHUT UP!" while I was at the mic. There was some dude there who yelled, "I love you Eric!" during Eric Johnson's set. I think he is at every concert I've been to here. Then there were two women who felt that they needed to dance in the aisles (which isn't allowed at this venue) and block my view of Robert Cray. One of them stepped on my husband's foot. The other had to be told three times by the Saenger security guy that dancing in the aisles is not allowed.
- Returning: Buddy Miller from Universal United House of Prayer
- Don't Whisper: Shemekia Copeland from Talking to Strangers
- Drunken Sailor: Red Hand Paddy from Something Close to Sinnin' -- this is babelbabe's husband's band
- Travelin' Soldier: Dixie Chicks from Home -- let the weeping begin -- this song always makes me cry.
- Every Little Thing She Does is Magic: The Police from The Very Best of . . . Sting & the Police
- No One Has to Know: Eliot Morris from an Eliot Morris sampler I got at an outdoor music show
- Ain't No Way: Patti LaBelle with Mary J. Blige from Classic Moments
- Love Me Over Again: Don Williams from Anthology
- (You've Got To) Love Her With a Feeling: Taj Mahal from Phantom Blues
- I Was Watching You: Rosanne Cash from Black Cadillac