Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival - Part 1

The Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival featured an extensive and eclectic mix of performances.  Best of all, most of the acts were free.  We saw more than 10 performances over the course of the weekend.  We started our musical adventure at Halo Pantry and Grill.
Halo Pantry and Grill is a good spot for lunch or a cup of tea.
A solo guitar player (half of Frankie and Ian) added to the atmosphere.
I found that the restaurants in Derry had posher than expected amenities.
Halo even had an upstairs Lazy Lounge with views of the town wall.
On our way to the next venue, we took the opportunity to do some more exploring around town.
I particularly liked the new bridge across the river.  It follows a unique curvy S-shape.
Our next stop was the City Hotel featuring a performance by the Jazz Ladds.
They were upbeat and a real hoot!
We caught a performance at Cafe Del Mondo when a roving tuba player and his mates joined up with a college jazz band for a little improvisation.
Our next stop was Bedlam where we caught a performance by Death by Casio.  I have to say this was one of the oddest musical performances I'd ever seen with a guy in a cape playing the keyboard and a pale bald man chanting in an incomprehensible language.
We quickly moved on to Guildhall Square to see The Slammers Maximum Jive Band playing some upbeat jazz standards.
Derry is really compact so we were able to wander in and out of different venues.  We popped back to Cafe del Mundo to see Balkan Alien Sound.
On to Sandino's, we packed ourselves in for a performance by the Pontiax Blues Band.
Sandino's was a bit too crowded for my liking so we went outside where we could still hear the music and enjoy some space and sun.
We walked back to our hotel for an afternoon disco nap before heading out again.  I liked these windows with gorgeous party dresses.
We finished off our evening at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin for a virtuoso guitar performance from the Mark McKnight Quartet.

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