Thursday, August 20, 2009

A little rock, a little blues and some BBQ on a midsummer's eve

It's been a busy day.

I had some basic maintenance to do on my online shop and took time to add some new listings as well as prepared some new listings to add in the next few days. We're traveling again this weekend so there was laundry and packing to do and some general housecleaning that I've let go for a few days.Though we'll be rising early so I can take The Big Guy to work earlier than normal (so we can get out on the road early), we decided to go to one of our favorite restaurants and hear some live music this evening. This is a special event at this place as they do not normally feature entertainment and we know the band and thoroughly enjoy them.

Andy Nelson's BBQ is known throughout the region for his superb BBQ. Andy is a former Baltimore Colt from the golden era of Unitas and Donovan and sports memorabilia flanks the walls of this little nondescript joint. Next to the restaurant, they have a metal garage type building known as the Pigskin Palace where they hold Monday night football parties featuring, what else, BBQ !!! From time to time, like Mother's Day weekend, Father's Day weekend and on other special occasions, they set up a special buffet out there just like the Monday night parties. People like to gather here so he's expanded his offerings to include a couple of outdoor concerts throughout the warmer weather months.
One of Andy's specialties is an excellent offering of delicious homemade desserts made by his sister, Linda Nelson. Linda is a lady of many talents and, in addition to her fantastic baking, sings with The Jody West Band. This 5-piece group does a great mix of music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s with an occasional 90s tune or even one from the 50s. Four of the members can and do sing lead on various songs. Together they have fantastic harmonies. It's a BYOB event and the cold beers abound. Add some terrific smoked bbq and what more can you ask for on a summer evening ?

Unfortunately, that alarm will go off very early and we couldn't stay for the entire concert but we thoroughly enjoyed the brisket sandwiches and the peach cobbler (with whipped cream on top!) and grooved to the music for awhile before calling it a night.

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