|Isabella Mendes Sound Check|
As it turns out, we got there at the perfect time. Not many people had shown up yet and as we went to the New Haven Jazz table Isabella Mendes was warming up. While she was warming up I was thinking of going over and asking her for a picture after she was done and what's that saying about how you miss 100% of the shots you don't take? So Quentin and I went over to the guard rail when she got off the stage and she was on her phone. She still made eye contact with us and smiled, sensing that we had found our way over there because of her. I explained to her that it was the first time Quentin had ever been out to experience live music on purpose, as times he had heard live music before were coincidental (Such as the Rock n Roll Saturdays at Rock Cats games, which were not really musical experiences so much as baseball games) and asked her if she'd take a picture with him which she seemed more than happy to do.
What struck me as really funny was that she was on the phone with one of her band mates who was trying to get past security and she told him/her that she had to go because she was about to take a picture. Whatever you want to call this (His first "show" or "concert" or whatever), how many people can say that they've had a similar experience? The first live music I remember going out to see was Live and Weezer at The Sting in New Britain and, well, I didn't get my picture taken with either of those artists at that show (I was also about ten years older than Quentin when it happened, but I am trying to help the boy live a full and cultured life, documenting not only his "firsts" but most all of his experiences which is easier to do now with modern technology than it was when I was growing up) It just kind of struck me off guard at how nice and personable Isabella Mendes is, as it'd be understandable for her to have the attitude of "Look, I have music to make here for all these people, if I took a picture with your kid I'd have to take a picture with everyone for which there is simply no time!" I don't know, perhaps I'm just too cynical in my older years now.
|Jazz Haven All Star Youth Band|
After her set, Isabella Mendes noted that she had CDs for sale and would be over at the merch table signing them as well. I thought, well, a picture with the artist you are seeing in your first ever live music experience is great, but what about a signed CD as well? I felt like paying for the CD was also a good idea in general because of that whole comparison out there about people paying $8 for a cup of coffee that takes twenty seconds to make and you enjoy for a short time but not wanting to pay whatever the asking price is for a song that can take years to craft and can last a lifetime. I also thought about how Quentin would have this as a memory for the rest of his life now and that would be something special he would always cherish. So as we walked over towards the merch tent and saw that Isabella Mendes was in fact sitting at the table I set Quentin down and told him to run over and give her a hug. Not only did he do that but he jumped up into her lap to the point where the woman sitting next to her asked "Is that your kid?" and she said "No, it's my new fan!".
|The Karrin Allyson Quartet|
Overall there were three different and yet still all enjoyable artists which you can't really complain about because it was free. I'm not certain if I'd go see The Karrin Allyson Quartet again or not because it would largely depend upon where the performance was and how much it cost (For some reason, I imagine them being in a classy place which costs lots of money to enter, the type of place where maybe you'd even want to wear a tie) But we will most certainly be seeing Isabella Mendes again as she has two shows scheduled for the last weekend in August now, which we will be at Rock Cats games during, but in September if there is a 5pm show in Branford or somewhere else close enough you know we will be there. Quentin is already talking about it as we've been listening to his new CD in the car and he's ready to go see his new friend again.