-Continued from my VLV 17 series-
After a fantastic time at the pool party we went back up to our room to change for the evening. After freshening up and having a drink, we went to the bowling alley.
Zack was asked to play guitar on a few songs with Jittery Jack (Boston), so we met him and his band at the practice room located in the bowling alley. I was happy to tag along and see the "behind the scenes" of VLV. More on his show later!
After practice we ran into the guys from Los Straitjackets. We had dinner with Pete Curry (also in The Outta Sites with my husband) at the Mexican restaurant in the Orleans. We topped a great dinner off by heading into the ballroom to catch some bands and have a few more drinks with friends.
We caught some of "The Wildest Show" in the Bienville Room and caught up with some of the band members. It was super packed in there, so we didn't stay for long. By this time Viva was in full swing and the crowds had finally rolled in.
We also got to see Furious in the main ballroom. These Teddy Boys from Liverpool were one of the most heavily talked about artists of the evening. I am not big on the Teddy Boy sound, so this band wasn't quite for me. However, they did put on an impressive show and had a big crowd turn out to see them. If you are into this kind of music, I suggest you check them out. You may really enjoy them!
I was lucky enough to get a seat in the ballroom while Furious was on, so I had to take advantage of it. We were all quite pleased with ourselves so we had fun taking a bunch of silly pictures. Nay-sayers say that VLV is a fashion show and too serious. Here is proof that that is simply not true! In general, everyone is there to have a good time. It's what you make it after all!
The highlight of my ENTIRE WEEKEND was seeing Pat Capocci (Australia). I have been waiting for his US debut, and I can't think of a better place than VLV. He was accompanied by his band, also from Australia. I have to say, these guys got where they are based on pure talent, but it's not like they are hard on the eyes. What do they feed these Australian boys? They played songs from the most recent release "Call Of The Wild" as well as some classics from the older albums. Some of the songs included "Mary Jane", "Baby Sue", and of course, "Slave For The Beat". Pat was the best guitar player of the weekend in my opinion. But, you don't have to take my word for it, you can judge for yourself by watching my video footage from the show included at the bottom of this post.
Before the night ended I made sure to catch more of "The Wildest Show", including Pachuco Jose and Gizzelle.
It's always a bummer when the ballrooms close, but we all head downstairs and keep the party going. We chat, drink and dance all night in Big Al's Bar. We finally made it to bed sometime just before 7am. A great night was had by all!
You can see my footage from the day here:
Coming up next, VLV 17: Saturday Day!