Tuesday night the Plaza Theater hosted Chris Isaak and the Silvertones, a first for El Paso. We’ve seen him before elsewhere but this was the first time we’d been to the restored theater. I’ll have to say, I was quite impressed. The sound was incredible and the band played flawlessly.
Hi!, I’m Chris Isaak!
There was an especially amusing instance where in typical El Paso fashion a couple was late and getting escorted to their seat in the front row 3 songs into the set. Chris joked ” We’ve been waiting for you, until now we’ve just been messing around” Classic!
Baby did a bad, bad thaang!
If you are only familiar with his hits and not his full albums you are missing out. He plays the gamut from slow ballads to rockin numbers. It may have been small size of the venue, but the band was really engaged and there was a lot participation with the audience.
Kick out the jams, Hershel!
Chris played his hits, fan favorites and then broke out into a jam session where they covered Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and other Sun Records recording artists. He mentioned that they had previously recorded at Sun Records for an upcoming album.
Lets all get Dixie Fried!
They finished up and for the encore out came the famous mirror suit!
It was about a two hour set making for a very enjoyable night. I was able to record a couple of videos which are included in my flickr set here: Chris Issak @ the Plaza
I found a postcard scan of El Paso from about 92 or so:
For comparison here’s a similar shot from 2006:
And here’s from a week ago:
Yeah, I didn’t notice anything different either 🙂 That’s unfortunate because a lot has changed down there. In that same time we got a couple of new museums, a handful of buildings have been revitalized and the Plaza Theater has been reopened. The makings of an art scene have begun and there are many new restaurants and clubs that have opened. To the casual visitor who may only stop at scenic drive for that 4000 foot view, downtown looks exactly the same as it has for years. You know what though, that may be a bonus to the vendors who have stockpiles of El Paso postcards.
What to do, what to do. Three day weekends are a tricky, there is a ton of things do but trying to find that balance of activities that are fun and sandwiching it all between lunch and dinner can be a challenge with kids. We started the festivities on Saturday with a trip to the farmers market, bowling on Sunday and the El Paso Zoo on Monday. The Zoo has several new additions including zebras, giraffes , lions and a very lively sea lion. To accommodate all these new animals the zoo expanded into the area where the old Dudley field once was, home of the Diablos.
We ended the day with a walk by the river. The boys dig walking along the jogging path and with it being so close to the house there is no excuse not to do it.