9/11/11 concert

Posted by Amy O. , Monday, October 10, 2011 6:41 PM

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we decided to forgo the TV specials which would have us sobbing & heartbroken and instead we jumped in the car and headed to Marina Del Ray.  A saxophone player, Craig Durst (and his band 2AZZ1), that Patrick likes was promoting a tribute concert for that afternoon in Fisherman's Village.

As soon as we got there, we were so glad we had come.  The music was fabulous!  Craig's wife Mary is the lead vocalist and - man - that woman has got some pipes!  They played some originals as well as classics like Low Rider and Old Time Rock & Roll.  They had drawn a crowd of young and old, people of all colors and shapes and sizes.  People got up and danced - some much better than others, but all entertaining!  Everyone there was just so cute and free-spirited and there was a great happiness among us, which felt like a very triumphant way to spend this anniversary.

At one point, Craig played the National Anthem as a sax solo.  Even though we were outside and right on the waterfront, you could've heard a pin drop while he was playing!  It was breathtaking and so moving!

 During intermission, we checked out the natives...pelicans are such curious creatures!

As I mentioned, there were some pretty wacky entertaining dancing folks at this concert (Patrick & I like to do reenactments to make each other laugh).  But this little lady - in the video below - was among the most precious.  She made my heart smile!!

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