In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Thursday, November 8, 2012



It may be a bit late for a post about two concerts that happened several months ago but since a friend sent me this picture she found in a Flemish newspaper (Het Nieuwsblad) showing the Boogieman and his daughter in the crowd at the Wespelaar Swing Festival in late August this year, I guess I have to confirm that we were there, for two evenings. 

The first visit was to catch the Fabulous Thunderbirds – very disappointing, over-amplified, playing so loud the music was not even enjoyable anymore.  I had seen them in New Orleans in the early eighties (Jimmy Vaughan was still in) and it was so much better, one could actually HEAR the music.  Why do they have to play like everyone is stoned deaf nowadays?

The second evening was to catch the Blind Boys of Alabama and it was just pure MAGIC.  When these guys start singing one does feel goose bumps (also known as kiekebich' in Brusseleir).  Fabulous!  

Blind Boys of Alabama (Wespelaar - August 2012)

We were invited backstage afterwards and had the opportunity to meet the great Jimmy Carter (not the former President). Superb evening!

Jimmy Carter (Blind Boys of Alabama)
Having fun

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