Last night I went to the Viva Cantina, 900 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506, USA, to hear my friend, Darren Atkins, play saxophone with the “THIS AIN’T YOUR DADDY’S BIG BAND” big band. It was totally amazing. There were probably 20 musicians and 3 vocalists kicking out the big band jams for tips. The Viva Cantina serves mexican cuisine and has two stages. TAYDBB was on the back stage area; in the front stage a country/ western band was playing. Amazing stuff. As I said to Darren, this is what I love about LA. There’s all this amazing shit all around and much of it is free. No cover charge for the night’s entertainment, but they passed the tip jar. They played the theme to the Batman TV series in my honor. I yelled out, “Jonny Quest— I worked on that too!” but they ignored me.
The band played two one hour sets. I sat up close and sketched during both sets, except when I was eating (crab enchilada). I’ll post more drawings tomorrow.