Sunday, September 17, 2006

Groovin' at the Kava Lounge

Ok I know I'm slow about posting lately.
So sorry.

I wanted to share a few more pictures of me and my "daughters" (ha ha).
So, as I was saying, after a delish Thai dinner we went to my favorite club here in San Diego, the Kava Lounge.
The Kava Lounge is unique - they serve organic beer and wine and yes, kava and other funky, but yummy herby kind of drinks, like Hibiscus Martinis. The girls and I loved their ginger lemonade. Yum. The REALLY cool thing about the Kava Lounge it's a NON-PROFIT club - that's what I love about it. There are no poseurs there, people just go to hang and dance and have a groovy time! It's funny because it was mostly women that night.
I checked ahead of time to see if a good band was playing, and I was PSYCHED to see that Carmen Rizzo and Govinda were performing.
I saw Carmen on Rachel Fuller's show, In the Attic. He produced Rachel's latest cd, Shine. He's been nominated for 2 Grammys and he's worked with Pete Townshend, Coldplay and Alanis Morissette among others. I was really impressed by his brief appearance - there was a certain sparkle there - maybe that's not the right word - he just radiated happiness. So I checked out his music and I really liked it (it's electronica/ambient/loungy). He also has a world beat band called Nyaz which is also very interesting. Anyway, I emailed him and told him that I liked his music and I told him "you should play the Kava Lounge!" Oddly enough, he did!

When we first got there, we watched belly dancers perform (individually) for about 15 minutes. Honestly, it was kind of boring (not to the men I'm sure).
I was commending the tabla player afterwards for not missing a beat and asked him if he got a bit distracted and he said, "no not at all they're my muses!"
(A tabla is an Indian drum - there's one bongo-like drum and one other drum that goes wonka wonk wonk. I'm sure you've seen/heard them many times).

After the belly dancers Carmen and Govinda started to "play" they looked more like djs really - using 2 Apple laptops - but I'm sure it was their own music! They were projecting very cool pictures and graphics on a big screen. Trippy stuff. Govinda accompanied the Apples (!) and sang sometimes and played electric violin. He sang and played beautifully.

Rebecca and Tola and I danced our butts off. It was so much fun. Laura doesn't dance. At all. (I feel a song coming on...Laura doesn't dance. at all. She spent the evening holding up...the wall). KIDDING LAURA. She's such a trooper - just sat and watched us (she did like the music and put Carmen's cd on her "list").

Here are a few pics of the girlz:

From left to right: Rebecca, Tola and Laura

Finally Carmen took a break and I kind of sauntered over and introduced myself and he jumped up and gave me a hug! He remembered me right away. I bought his cds, which he signed of course. We chatted for a little bit. He asked if I was going to the Who's Hollywood Bowl show. I told him that I penciled it in! ha ha
I hope and pray I get tickets...we'll see! He was just an absolute sweetheart really - he thanked me for bringing my friends. Then he gave me another hug and a kiss!

I look severly jet lagged but here we are!

You can check out Carmen's music here!

Govinda is amazing too...


Anonymous said...

It isn't just on my list. . .I downloaded it of emusic and it's become my definitive after midnight soundtrack. He's spinning November 2 at the echo. . .

and hey you never know. . .someday a dance might suddenly come to my so saddly non-dancing-feet.

Anonymous said...

It isn't just on my list. . .I downloaded it of emusic and it's become my definitive after midnight soundtrack. Now his other album has been moved to "list status"

He's spinning November 2 at the echo. . .

and hey you never know. . .someday a dance might suddenly come to my so saddly non-dancing-feet.

Suesjoy said...

Oh cool - you've got the cd. I LOVE Easy Way Out - the song that Jem sings...very inspiring.

I hope you become twinkly in the toes soon!
You will, I'm sure.
It took me a long time to not be self-conscious...
Talk to you soon!

Suesjoy said...

November 2nd is a THURSDAY.
Boo hiss!!
I wish I owned a Cessna or a helicopter...and had a pilot's license.

Grace said...

Hi Sue, Sounds like a fun night! Like the pictures. I know, I agree - all those east coasters enjoying all that Attic Jam stuff, not fair!! So kind of Rachel to share her performance on her site. I'll be watching that one. Maybe Rachel will be performing elsewhere in CA, I cannot get to B & N in LA, will you be going? So what's going on with your hair? Your pictures show wonderful naturally curly hair. xo Grace

lryicsgrl said...

Ah.....great post, susieD.

Carmen is adorable.....I will go have a listen.

And, yes, I love your naturally curly hair too!


Anonymous said...

you should decidedly get on that pilot's licence thing soon. . .or else gain incrediable sway in the music industry and schedual artists' concerts on their behalf.

Thursdays suck for me right now! I probaby won't be there either.

Suesjoy said...

I'm working on the latter since I'm blind (in addition to being deaf).

Gina said...

You look so pretty! It looks like you had a wonderful time. Lovely photos!

Delbut said...

Are you sure that was Ginger Lemonade and not a sample taken from a drug-addled raver?

Man, you pull all the guys. What will the hubby say?

lryicsgrl said...

um, how did you find my new post??
I can't find it!!


Natters said...


thank you for stopping by. I changed the colours myself. When you go into Template you can edit the code to change colour. If you want I can email you with screen dumps on how to do it.

ginab said...

welcome back home!!! wow. From one world away to another. Glad to see you smiling. I know that lagging feeling, but you were way-way away.

Farther than I have ever been!


Barb said...

How is it that I have never heard of this place? Wow. Let's go!

Suesjoy said...

ok Barb! Just gotta get a sitter/find temporary shelter for my youngin'.
I wish all my blogger friends could come...