I wanted to get a bit of music shopping done Sunday so I bought a handful of CDs at the No Hit Records booth. While I did this, Ben checked out Tennessee Voodoo Coupe in Bienville and said they were really good. I am bummed I did not get to check them out since I was too busy shopping. Shame on me! Hopefully they will play again some other time and I’ll get to see them.
After shopping we headed over to check out the pool party for a bit. We had to wait in line FOREVER in the hot sun and wind (there went my hair) but eventually made it in. At least since they were strict on the number of people allowed in, there were plenty of shady spots to sit and it was easy to get a drink. We did not spend all that much time in there and left before the swimsuit contest started. We were more interested in the second Charles Phoenix slideshow at 5:00.
Happy to be in the shade...
full length outfit shot...
The second slideshow was great as always and Charles Phoenix had on another awesome airbrushed suit to match the Hawaiian rainbow bread he brought and threw into the audience. Never a dull moment!
Conan lamb cake!
After changing and having dinner we were all set to see Nikki Hill. As was expected, she was amazing!!! I am so glad I bought her album earlier on since the line to get it afterwards was super long. Lines, lines and more lines…that kind of sums up how we spent so much of our time at Viva this year. Guess there is no way to really avoid it though.
What would I have done without these comfy shoes?!?!
Waiting for Nikki Hill...
I had not printed a schedule off of the Viva website for a while so it was on the flight out I saw that Roy Kay had been added to the Sunday night lineup. I was very happy about that. He is one of my favorites! Del Villarreal sums him up as “the man with a smile in his voice”. I think that’s a perfect description!
Always nice to run into Kim. I bought the seahorse earrings
I am wearing from her etsy shop, Atomic Frocks.
And finally, Dr. Crazy Joe from Ohio! What a killer way to end the weekend! No one wanted it to end which was obvious since we kept applauding for additional encores. He finally ended around 2:30 or 3:00 in the morning. Sunday nights at Viva always seem to be the wildest.
Dr. Crazy Joe!
Discussing whether or not they can do another encore...
"Let 'em know!"
Acting like we did not have to leave the next day we headed to the bar for one more drink. Glad that we did since I won $70 on video Keno which pretty much made it so I broke even with my little bit of gambling I was doing here and there.
Last shot of Viva...3:30 or so Monday morning...
I was sad to leave Vegas and have to go back to reality (though my liver and lungs were more than ready to get home). We were happy to run into our old friend Ahmad at the airport. We all went to school together and I’ve know this guy since I was 12! Such a good person and always great to run in to. The three of us grabbed a drink together and were on the same flight home. It was a nice way to end our trip.
Ben and Ahmad - Newark in the house!
We have now started our count down to the Rhythm Riot in England this November. So excited for that! The full lineup has not been announced yet but this is it so far according to an email I received…
The Royal Rhythmaires
The Truly Lover Trio
Ray Collins Hot-Club
The Haystack Hi-Tones
Joe & The Hornets
Miss Lily Moe
The Zazou Cowboys