01/31/13Mardigras and Superbowl Madness

Hey folks,

Things are absolutely crazy here in New Orleans. With MardiGras and the Superbowl happening at the same time, traffic is nuts. I have had to bike into most of my gigs in the quarter, which is quite a site. I guess most people do not see someone in a full suit or tux riding a bike around here. All of the cops either give me a thumbs up, or try to high-five me as I pedal by. Anyway, if I can get through the next two weeks, everything will be great. I wish everyone a great Carnival Season!!

Best wishes!!

-Peter

08/23/12Here we go again!!

Hey folks,

I know it has been some time since updating this blog, but things have been crazy busy. We are in the first week of classes, and finishing our registration for the fall semester. With a brand new student system and enrollment system in place, it has been a challenge, but students are finally getting in. I have been on duty every day from 7:00 am until 6:30 in the evening. It is just plain luck that my gigs have tapered off for the week. On the gig front, we have been playing every Thursday night at Irvin Mayfield's Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta hotel, which is a really great venue for James Rivers. Anyway, Here's to the fall semester. Whodat!!

Best wishes!!

-Peter

06/07/12Summertime!!

Hey folks,

It is summer time here in New Orleans. I have been keeping busy with gigs and at my job at Delgado. We have started our summer semester, and are really busy getting ready for the fall. Gigs have tapered down a bit, so I am playing an average of four or five gigs a weeks instead of eight or nine. This is a good thing, since my tendonitis has been acting up in my elbow. Other than that, I have been able to do quite a bit of bike riding, as well as running and yoga this summer. I think I am more fit than I have been in a long time. I'll try to update this blog a bit more regularly from now on.

Best wishes!!

-Peter

04/02/12It's Festival Season Again

Hey folks,

It's hard to believe that it is festival season again here in New Orleans. This year is flying by at break neck speed. Carnival was a blur, now we are neck deep into outdoor concerts and festivals. The French Quarter Festival will be in a couple of weeks, and soon after, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be kicking off. In only a few weeks after that, the summer hits. Since it is already hot here in New Orleans, I am expecting some record heat, along with some trepidation of the impending hurricane season. Other than that, it is wonderful being in this part of the world when the weather is this nice. We will be gearing up for the festival season soon. I've already booked quite a few gigs already, and the phone is continuing to ring. Awesome!!

Best wishes!!

-Peter

03/07/12Loyola University Jazz Ensemble Festival

Hey folks,

Just a quick update to let you know that I will be taking the Delgado Jazz Ensemble to the Loyola University Jazz Ensemble Festival this Friday for the annual competition. Our band sounds pretty good this year, and I hope will do well. Along this front, we are also getting ready for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which will be next month. It is amazing how fast this year is going by

Best wishes!!!

-Peter

02/13/12First Weekend of Carnival

Hey folks,

I was successful in getting through the first week of Carnival (Mardi Gras for those not in New Orleans) without too much wear and tear. Because my gigs on Friday and Saturday night were smack dab in the middle of the quarter, I had to think of some creative ways of getting to and from the gig.

I loaded my truck with my bicycle, and headed towards the other side of the parade route. This was actually pretty complicated, since half of the city is cut off from the other at least two hours prior to the start of the parade. I was able to make it to the WWII museum on the other side of the route, but the parking lot wanted $20 to park. Luckily, there was parking on the street a few feet away for only $1.50.

Biking into the quarter during Carnival was a neat experience. Aside from the looks of people gawking at someone wearing a suit on a bike, it was really cool to be able to move through the gridlock and actually get to the gig on time. Getting back to the truck after the gig was also pretty neat, except for the bitter cold.

Anyway, it's back to work for the week.

Best,

-Peter