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August 19, 2013

Lisa Haley and the Zydekats Concert in the Park

This is a story about finding entertainment in the most unlikely of places.  

Lisa Haley and the Zydekats are a New Orleans-style zydeco band who were featured in an episode of the show "Las Vegas" back when I was a trainee.  I was just at the end of my 400 days and planning a huge party to celebrate and announce my union membership.  The Zydekats played my graduation party at The Castaway in Burbank in 2004.  I had about a dozen family members fly in from out of state to celebrate with me, in addition to my professional contacts.  By the end of the evening my aunt Ann was up on the stage singing with the band and my dear friend Brian was playing the drums.

I was at my credit union a month ago and breezed by all the pamphlets on the table--until one caught my eye.  The Zydekats were playing at a park in Santa Clarita as part of a free concert series sponsored by the bank!  It was great to be able to see them again this weekend, in a casual setting where I could picnic with the dogs.  But the moral of the story is to always be on the lookout for free entertainment.  It's likely right in your backyard.

Claire begged for fresh figs.  As usual, she got a few treats!

The beautiful outdoor setting.

Chance was happy to be a cuddle bug all night long.

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