March 21st, Travel Day - Theresa and I started out about 4 am Tuesday morning. We are headed for the Astor Crown Plaza in New Orleans. Barry, Darlene and Eddie have all given us tips on where to eat. We didn't get to all of them. The drive was uneventful. We arrived in New Orleans about 2 pm. I was surprised the city is very easy to get in and out of. After check in, our first stop was Acme Oyster House for oysters and beer. Then we took a walk up Bourbon Street. I wanted to show Theresa all the places I've played and hung out in over the years (Tropical Isle, Toulouse Cabaret). After stopping in Absinthe for a beer we decided to head back to the room, end of day one in Nola.
March 23rd, DAVE at Locatelli's/Magnolia - My first night playing, there was a nice crowd. Adam and Katie had us try some of amazing food from their menu. The room was pretty full and a nice couple sat down next to Adam and Katie. He looked like a player about my age. I pretty much did the same show I do every night in St. Augustine, just played to a bunch of folks that have never heard me. The couple asked if I did any originals and I said the last few were mine. He said "sounds a lot like Cat Stevens". I said I was a big fan of his. He said he was a bass player. I said I was to. He said he had a precision bass. I said I had one also. He asked if I knew any Spirit songs. I said I've played a few over the years, but did not know any at the moment. I then introduced him to Adam and Katie, and said "if you ever need a gig just talk to them, they are the owners". He said he pretty much was a studio player now. At that point I started feeling like he was having some fun with me. When he left he introduced himself and said he would like to keep in touch. Mark Andes was his name. Look him upon wikipedia. This player has done it all, and is one of Barry's all time favorites. Barry is one of my all time favorites. I was stunned and still am. It was a great start for the weekend.
March 24th, DAVE at Locatelli's/Cypress - This was one of their newest restaurants, the place was packed. I met some great folks, and once again we had some great food. Day two was under our belts and a lot of fun!
March 25th, DAVE at Locatelli's/Cypress - After a walk and a few minutes by the pool we headed down the street to day 3's gig. This is the original Locatelli's. I played here about 11 years ago for their 3rd anniversary party. I remember this one and had some friends from my old days in Virginia show up. A great crowd and once again some great food. Adam and Katie could not have been better hosts. I'm so happy we had a chance to hang with them and see how their hard work has payed off.
March 26th, DAVE at Locatelli's/Tombell - The last gig was an afternoon performance. I had a nice bunch of folks show up. Another nice meal. Theresa and I are going on a diet when we get home. Adam and Katie wanted to take us out to one of their favorite places in Houston for dinner, Cyclone Anaya's. Also a place Billy Gibbons likes a lot. This was a great way to end a great long weekend! It's time to get back to the house and get some rest for the ride home tomorrow.
March 27th - After talking with Adam and Katie, we decided we would drive to Destin and stay the night. They also suggested The Harbor Dock as the place to eat. The drive was a little longer than we counted on but uneventful. The restaurant was great, we had sushi and shared grouper sandwich. I have learned something about eating on this trip. It's kind of fun to share. After a late lunch we rode down to the beach. They are beautiful. We weren't really tired and the GPS said 5 1/2 hours to home, but it was more like 8 1/2. So we decided it would be nice to sleep in our own bed tonight. We made it back home about midnight. Hauled our luggage in the house and went to bed. What a great road trip can't wait to get back to Houston in September.
March 29th, DAVE at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It's great to be back home! I did this one solo. Laurence and George were out of town. It was good to see everyone and looking forward to a busy month around town.
March 30th, DAVE at Corner Bar - The whole gang was here. I missed playing with my friends. The place was packed had a blast! Now 2 days off and then 22 in a row. See you out there somewhere!
March 31st and April 1st - Off
April 2nd , DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It was a beautiful day. I made it to the gig with a chance to hang with my friend Michael Howard. He was playing the early shift and sounded great. I had a great afternoon on the porch by the water. It was really good to see Dan and Mary Kane!
I met some great people on this trip. Adam and Katie were great hosts and couldn't of been any nicer. I can't wait to get back and see them in September. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't liter! Early detection can save your life! Smile it could brighten someones day, even your own! Check out my videos on YouTube "Change The World" and "Living In My Head". Also check out my music on Spotify. Keepin' It Real!!!-David
see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!