I had never heard of Yolie’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Ventura, California before a friend sent me these two videos. But now I think there should be a move afoot to declare Yolie’s a National Landmark. I can’t speak for the food. Whether the guacamole is fresh and not suffering from an overabundance of raw onion; whether the carnitas are properly juicy, I can’t say. (I live in hope, however.)
But I can tell you that earlier this month they had the wonderful music of pianist / singer / barrelhouse fellow Carl Sonny Leyland, cornet hero Marc Caparone, string bass man of great renown Marty Eggers and master of the talking drums Jeff Hamilton. Here are two performances — drawing on the lowdown blues and an obscure but sweet Twenties pop tune associated with silent comedy star Charley Chase.
SOMEBODY LOAN ME A MATCH:
SMILE WHEN THE RAINDROPS FALL:
May your happiness increase!