Posted: Jan 18, 2010 2:41 am
All I can say about it was that at that point, I had totally forgot about the show. After the service Saturday, Ryan mentioned they'd be heading to the Hi-Tone. When I finally got there, I remembered, and thought how perfectly fitting it was that Louie's new band and the Tearjerkers were playing. There were tons of Jay's friends, loved ones, band mates and fans. Many, many people from all over this little community; from New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, Arizona, Portland and more. So many people that I've been fortunate to meet and make friends with over the years because of people like Jay, Eric and Zac.
It seemed like everyone there was laughing and crying at the same time.
Jack jumped up for a little guitar in Louie's set, Louie jumped up for some harmonica during Jack's. Stories of Jay were interspersed between songs. Heart of Chrome was played by just Louie and the drums.
Louie also gave a great little speech about how hard Eric and Goner and everybody has worked over these years to support this whole thing, even calling up memories of Katrina. Jack played Night Owl and then Scratchy and maybe a few others. I went to the bar with my back to the stage to get another beer and was talking with my friend Jackson (drove the van for Lost Sounds last US tour). I got caught up talking with him, and didn't even notice the stage.
And then Vietnam War Blues started playing.
I think Jay would have loved it.