A chilly afternoon, and downright cold night could not deter people from the Lazy Lakes RV Resort last weekend. These were not just northerners on a camping trip. Lazy Lakes hosted a charity concert benefiting Habitat for Humanity with a full roster of well known acts. Not to mention the food and beer that was included in the $30 admission.
I will share some of my personal highlights with you, because you asked. This was outside, and basically the equivalent of a ten hour tailgate party where the concert comes to you, so there were many high points.
I’ll start with Chris Cook. I had never heard of him until Saturday. Now he is not only my FaceBook friend, but I will look forward to him performing in key West again soon. Chris has songs like Uncle Scam Blues about taxes, and another about cleaning up your dirty dishes before company comes over. He’s keeping it real (yes, I did say that in my head like Randy Jackson on American Idol), so it is hard not to like this guy.
Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band is another fun one. In addition to being a good musician, with a sense of humor, Howard also won the “Guaranteed White Christmas” contest on the Weather channel where they dumped a whole bunch of snow on his front lawn in 82 degree weather. (That was front page news, and quite a story). Howard also happens to be quite a nice guy, as I had the pleasure of chatting with him for a moment in the green room (just the Lazy Lakes office, but it was heated so I was more than happy to weasel my way in).
Mac McAnally was up next. Mac is famous for being one of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefers, and has written songs with the like of Kenny Chesney (“Down the Road“). He puts on a great performance, so if you have the opportunity to see Mac, go for it. I had a moment to chat with Mac, and he was also happy to humor me.
Finally, closing the show was Jerry Jeff Walker, or as I like to call him, Mr. Bojangles. The conversation went like this:
FKG: Hi. I’m Florida Keys Girl
JJW: Hi. I’m Jerry Jeff.
FKG: I know, you’re Mr. Bojangles.
Then I had my picture taken with him. Good times all around.