Shortly before lunchtime today a storm descended on the city. This morning it was 25°C at 6.00 am, but it dropped, as is its want in Melbourne, to 16°C in a very short time. The storm was right over the central business district and I was fortunate enough to witness a classic lightning bolt in Bourke Street.
Despite the stormy weather, I made it down to Basement Discs for the Hot Club Of Cowtown in store. It was a beauty - foot tapping western swing played with enormous verve and spirit.
Hot Club is a trio, featuring Elana James, masterful violinist and vocalist, Whit Smith, who plays stunningly good guitar and shares vocal duties with Elana, and Jake Erwin who swings it up on upright bass. Together they create a dazzling mix of sound, predominantly old time dance music tunes.
Today they entertained the large crowd at Basement Discs with seven lively songs/tunes and won many hearts with their charm and mastery of the music.
So I am glad I saw them today. It was certainly worth the drenching. By the time I made it back to work I looked like a drowned rat as the rain was bucketing down in torrents by them. Fortunately I am wearing light summer clothes – linen and silk - so I dried off pretty fast.
The next in store is on 15 April and will feature the amazing Ruthie Foster.