Kid Bastian and the Happy Pals played Dixieland at our wedding party back in '87. We were fans back then, and still are. Although it has been at least 15 years since we've been to Grossman's Tavern on a Saturday afternoon to hear them play, we finally got around to it again, taking Kaarina and Mike and Lynn and Mike along.
We listened for three hours, several pitchers of draft beer and a few greasy servings of onion rings.
The band got the Grossman's Tabernacle Choir to join in on some tunes, managing to raise almost every voice in the bar for New Orlean's jazz takes on 'I saw the light' and the 'It's a long way to Tipperary.' Also in the repertoire was Tom Waits Telephone Call from Istanbul, Bob Dylan Don't Think Twice It's Alright and Rainy Day Women, The Pogues Dirty Old Town. Great tunes on a rainy afternoon.