Mayday, Mayday, Mister Joe

Strictly Dixie

Strictly Dixie at Banter Mayday 2012

It’s the first day of May and the first Tuesday at Banter Bistro in Denton, Texas. We’re already streaming and steaming in typical foreshadowing of Summer. Captain Dave and Mister Joe sit on the front row along with banjoist, George Merritt. They serve on the front lines of Strictly Dixie, Denton’s foremost Dixieland Jazz band and front runner to the Not So Hot Klub who is coming later tonight to the same stage.

Veteran member of both bands, Andy Cooper sits in the audience just 48 hours after gracing Denton Arts and Jazz Fest as arguably the most noteworthy artist of the festival.

Mr. Joe sings with an ever youthful voice, Up a Lazy River as meters shift more frequently than does the key. Other tunes include Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey, All of Me, When the Saints Go Marching In, …. well, too many to list.

Captain and Mr. Joe

Jeffrey Barnes stands behind Captain Dave and Mr. Joe with George Merritt.

If you missed Strictly Dixie this Tuesday, I hope it wasn’t because you thought you’d make it next month. That excuse is not only lame but it never ends.  Please, make an evening stroll down the sidewalks of Denton’s historic district to Banter Bistro. Don’t forget to bring a little for the wait staff, the musicians and your appetite. Banter Bistro offers a hefty assortment of high-quality,  healthful food. This writer just finished the best bowl of chili Denton has to offer.

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