Friday, November 12, 2010

Tip of the Top and Robert Cray

Our friend, Aki's band, Tip of the Top has won this years San Francisco Bay Area finals of the International Blues Challenge. They will go to Memphis for the International finals in 2011!! ALSO they opens for THE Robert Cray show!!! Wow, it IS the "top" to get to do this!!! We had to go.
友人のAkiのブルースバンド、Tip of the TopがSFベイエリアのインターナショナルブルースチャレンジで優勝し、来年開催されるメンフィスでの本大会に行くことになりました!!それだけでなく、あのRobert Crayの前座もつとめるというから、すごいではないですか。それこそTopだよ。これは行かなくちゃね。

Before the show, we went to Lobster Shack I had wanted to go to. This place is very close to the Fox Theater where the shows were held so it was peeeerfect! We waited in line around 20 minutes and ordered naked lobster rolls and clam chowder. We first had yummy clam chowder and...
まずは腹ごしらえに、行って見たかったLobster Shackへ行きました。ここなら会場までもとても近いので便利。20分くらい並んで待ちましたが、ようやくロブスターロールとクラムチャウダーを注文できました。まずはおいしいクラムチャウダーを食べながら待って…

Lobster rolls! They were cooked just right. I hate when my sea food is served overcooked but they were great. We put a juuuust little bit of mayo and drawn butter. Ohhhh, it was worth waited for 20 mins outside. ロブスターロールが来た!これはNakedというタイプでマヨネーズと溶かしバターがサイドについてくる。他のは最初から混ざっているので自分で味をコントロールできないから、これで正解。あー、ゆで加減もちょうどよく、ジューシーでおいシー。

Old Port Lobster Shack
851 Veterans Boulevard
Redwood City, CA 94063-1712
(650) 366-2400

The Fox Theater in Redwood City is a nice old building. It is a small theater but liked the decoration such as crown molding on the walls. Tip of the Top was great. Aki's harmonica (far right in the pic) was very soulful and powerful! Sorry for the blur picture.
Redwood City のFox シアターは小さいけれど古くていい感じの建物。壁の飾りとかがよかったなあ。Tip of the Topの演奏は最高でした。Akiのハーモニカはソウルフルでパワフル!一番右がAkiです。ひどいブレ写真でごめんなさい。

Found this on Youtube. Aki starts singing at 6:17.

Pictures with Aki & Rachel. We are wearing Tip of the Top Fan Club buttons. Every time we see them, they get better and cannot wait for a next show. Rachel, you look so good in the dress.

Robert Cray was great, too. I like his voice. However we were VERY annoyed by other audiences. Some people talked loud, using their PDAs, were drunk, and even talking on the phone!! They could do that outside theater...I don't understand :( Hope Robert didn't hear any of it. もちろん、Robert Crayはすごかった。声がいいよね。しかしながら、観客がひどかった。うるさくしゃべる人、PDAや携帯をずっといじっている人、酔っ払い、それに電話してる人までいるんだもの。ひどい。そんなこと外でできるでしょ!お金払ってきているからにはRobert Crayを聞きたくてきているのだろうに。理解できない。Robertがそういう失礼な観客に気づいてないことを祈るばかり。

Photo from Daily Journal

This is not in the Fox theater but I like this song which he sang at the end tonight.
これはFox Theater のではないけれど、好きな歌。今夜、最後に演奏されました。