I’m happy, excited, bewildered, and reaching for the oaktag and the colored Sharpies. No arts and crafts project is on the horizon, but Dixieland Monterey’s JAZZ BASH BY THE BAY has just published its 2013 schedule. This moment is always a combination of elation and puzzlement. “Are all my favorite bands playing or am I dreaming?” to quote a late-Thirties record. Yes, there’s John Sheridan and Jeff Barnhart, Carl Sonny Leyland and the Au Brothers, High Sierra, The Reynolds Brothers, David Boeddinghaus, Banu Gibson, Katie Cavera, Marc Caparone, Eddie Erickson, Sue Kroninger, Danny Coots, Howard Miyata, Pieter Meijers, Allan Vache, Bob Draga, Ivory and Gold, Jim Fryer, Titan Hot Seven, John Cocuzzi, Virginia Tichenor, Marty Eggers, Ivory and Gold, Frederick Hodges, We 3, Jerry Krahn, Ed Metz, Paul Keller, and more . . .
That’s wonderful. Then the headache starts to creep up my neck. “All right. I have to see X but Y is playing at the same time, and Z starts a half-hour later. Where shall I go?”
We should all have such problems. Plot out your perfect weekend — including dance lessons and a Thursday-night concert by We 3 (Barnhart, Coots, Draga) to kick things off properly.
Here is the schedule.
Try it for yourself. You have seven weeks to calculate the possibilities that will bring the most joy. But you can do it!
And I’ll see you in the Portola Room, or the De Anza, or the Bonsai . . . look for me and say hello!
May your happiness increase.