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Summer Dancing Season: Uptown Nights

On Saturday night, we went to see Uptown Nights at the Rady Shell.  I've already written about how I love dance music with a good beat, and my second favorite kind of music is jazz.  

My favorite jazz singer is Ella Fitzgerald, and yes, I even like her slow-er songs like Summertime and Night and Day. 

There's just something about the music and the lyrics that is sassy and inspirational...they tell a story and the story is never boring.  Her music, and the music from this era, has been used/modified/adopted in countless movies, and I think there's something translational about it.  

I really enjoyed this concert and found it quite entertaining, however, it wasn't a jump out of your seats and dance for two hours event.  

The evening was beautiful, with a light wind coming off the bay, and Carmen Bradley put on an incredible performance in her sparkly dresses that matched the lights of the Shell.  

Also, William and I noted that we have started to recognize a few other guests at the Shell, who like us maybe don't have season tickets but who couldn't resist several summer shows.  We are calling these like-minded people our Shell-Friends.  Although they have no idea who we are, we are recognizing their outerwear (yes, this is a thing as it can get quite chilly on the bay at night) and their dance moves.  

Pro Tip: If you're going down to the shell, we advise parking at the convention center. It's $35 dollars, we've always found plenty of spots, and there's a shuttle to drop us off right at the Shell.  When you leave the Shell, you have to stay on the shuttle until the driver drops people off at the Hilton.  Then they'll loop around and go back to the convention center, which some drivers will call the Marriott Parking.  

Danceability Score: πŸ’œπŸ’œ/πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

What I Wore: I've been picking up a few $10 and under dresses on Amazon.  I'll do a post on this soon.  Tonight I wore a burgundy sun dress with my pink sweater and these are fresh FlutterHabit lashes (a day 1 set.) 


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