Noches del Botanico
June 7, 2023
Review by Laurette Maillet
Madrid 1. June 7th.
Get up early. Get a cup of strong 'cafe con leche'.
Walk all the way to the Prado Museum.
Spend about four hours in that special museum with
mainly Spaniards painters. My favorite would be El Greco
for the use of his colors) and the Italians Tiepolo and Panini.
Walk back to the Youth Hostel.
Eat myself a salad and get ready for the first show in Madrid.
The weather had been rainy all morning and I had to change
all my wet clothes.
By chance I grab my rain poncho.
Catch the metro to "Ciudad Universitaria".
Obviously a show at University :)
It's an .. outdoor show. Oh my! Never thought of it.
Start looking for a Tix. Many folks are selling but no less
than 100 euros. Way too much :(
The show will start at 9.30 pm.
By 8 pm it starts raining like hell. A light uninterrupted rain.
I'm rapidly drenched to the bones. The file of fans is crunched
in the entrance of the venue for protection.
I take it easy just trying not to drown.
I have been talking to a seller for a while now. He bought
6 tickets, 250 euros each, he's trying to sell.
Well! Good luck I said :)
By 9 pm. He says he will give his personal ticket to me for 20 euros
as he's not willing to stand in the rain for the show.
The rain was my miracle :)
I rush to the entrance where nice people give for free some
blue rain ponchos. We all look like Smurfs :)
I bumped into one of my follower on Boblinks: Toms from Riga Lettonie.
We laugh a lot in the rain before they finally let the fans
inside the arena.
I decide not to take my seat but stand on the left side of the
stage where I can see Bob at the piano pretty clearly.
I will dance in the rain for the entire show. But it suddenly
stops raining....another miracle:)
Show starts a 9.50 pm.
Bob and the Band ...all dry :)
Of course I enjoy that one show really much. I focus on Bob
who will say 'thank you' maybe 6 times.
The songs are all great.
Even ...'Mother of muses' :) :).
Bob presents the Band before Jimmy Reed with
'Jerry Pentecost on the drums. Doug Lancio on the blue guitar.
Bob Britt on the....well!other one. Donnie Heron on steel guitar
and Tony Garnier on bass'.
A short standing ovation and off he goes.
Toms and I catch the metro back home.
Thank you my good friend Toms.
Conversation much appreciated.
I do believe Bob will play Lettonie just to please you :)
Tomorrow is another Bobby day!
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