Diane Blue -- 08/23/07

Nancy and I went over to Newport last night to catch Diane Blue's performance at the West Deck.

Diane was performing on the outdoor deck, a bar and dining area under a large canvas tent that gave an illusion of being on board a sailboat. (There is an adjoining uncovered outdoor dining area between this area and the boats docked in Newport Harbor.) Given the coolness of the evening, Nancy and I opted to eat indoors, but were able to select a table right next to a wide opening to the outdoor deck, so we were able to enjoy Diane's performance while we dined.

The food was an additional reason to eat indoors. The outdoor menu was for more casual dining -- the menu items looked good and were reasonably priced, but we wanted to try their more upscale indoor menu.

Nancy chose "Panko-Crusted Swordfish with Tarragon & Whole Grain Mustard Sauce," which had sounded very tempting to me as well, but I selected a stuffed bass special (with white and wild rice, asparagus, baby green beans, and what I think was a rum-based sauce with lemon). Both entrees were delicious (yes, we each took a taste of the other's meal).

After eating, we moved out to the deck for Diane's next set. I had a tasty golden ale and Nancy ordered a mudslide (her theory being that since she was on an island, she needed a mudslide).

Diane is an outstanding blues singer. She not only does solid renditions of the classics, she also does her own original music. (Her CD is available at her Web site and also from CDBaby -- and you can listen to some samples at her site.) Oh, and she plays first-rate blues harmonica.

[If Newport is within your standard travel radius, Diane will also be at the West Deck next Wednesday night. If you are in the Boston area you are in luck because she is Boston-based and plays many gigs in your area.]

Now I have to post this entry and get moving -- I'm taking a vacation day today and Nancy and I are going back over to Newport to the Tennis Hall of Fame -- to watch tennis, of course, the Gibson Guitar Champions Cup.

Jill's road trip.

They're on the road, somewhere in those big states between Minnesota and Oregon.

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