The Brevard Blues N’ BBQ Festival is a real show that my wife Cat and I really went to on Saturday, June 4.
Here’s the poster for it:
Bettye LaVette played after The Blind Boys of Alabama, who begin their set at the end of this week’s chapter.
So remember: When you think western North Carolina, think vampires and ancient French broads. (Why the North Carolina tourist industry doesn’t make a huge point of that is a mystery to me.)
It was awesome to see again The Blind Boys of Alabama (wiki; website). Another life ago, I was a music journalist. In that capacity I was once invited backstage after a Blind Boys show, where I sat for a while amiably chatting with one of the group’s founding members, Jimmy Carter, center in the picture above.
I shook Jimmy’s hand on Saturday night, too. He pretended like he didn’t know me from Adam, but that’s just Jimmy’s way. He’s a kidder.
The guy who protects him, however, is not. Word to the wise.
The auditorium on which the Brevard show was staged—and which figures pretty heavily in the chapter—is called the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. It looks like this:
One of three performance venues of the Brevard Music Center, the
Whiffington-Pffhlo Whittingborough Fpffop auditorium really does seat 1,800 people. And it really does have a lake right behind it, too:
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