Surprise, it’s mid-May! Not really sure how we got here already, but here we are. Maybe it was the fact that we had to pull out jackets last week. I swear, it was colder last week than it was in February. Or maybe it was all the drinks. This past weekend was a celebrating weekend, betweenå Cinco de Mayo margaritas, graduation champagne, Kentucky Derby mint juleps and concert beers, there was enough alcohol consumed to make anyone’s head hurt! Even though Monday was rough, I’m ready to do it again! Grab a drink and enjoy the recap of the week!

A night in Rio
St. Mary’s Catholic School’s annual fundraiser, Casino Night, was held this past Saturday with the theme “Rio,” and let’s just say things got wild. At one point in the night they had a fire dancer as entertainment. How she avoided burning herself is a mystery to me. We hear David J. Maloney was working it at the roulette wheel and having pretty good success for the house when our spy saw him. District 2 City Councilman Levon Manzie was a pretty generous blackjack dealer, according to the card sharks at his table. You can’t expect a politician to be too tough on his constituents.

This year there were also some fancy cars to try out, brought in by Dean McCrary. One woman told Boozie’s spy getting in and starting up the Porsche was enough to get her motor red-lining. She gave serious consideration to busting through the paper streamers serving as a barrier and taking that baby out for a spin.

My spy also reported the night ended with jello shots and talk of a handstand contest as well as auctioning dates off next year! Let’s just say Catholics know how to party — for a good cause, that is.

Classically hip-hop
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but … if you missed Black Violin this past Saturday night at the Saenger Theatre, you missed out big time. I am kicking myself for not going, but since I can’t be in two places at once, I had to choose only one concert to attend.

So while I was at The Wharf, the Saenger was getting a show like no other. Black Violin is a hip-hop duo who play classical stringed instruments — genius, if you ask me. Anyways, these guys are a big deal, Mobile might not know what they missed out on but they will soon. The duo is known for inspiring young kids and showing that classical instruments don’t have to be boring, or so “classical.” So it was no surprise they ended their show with the Emerald Coast Honors Orchestra joining them on stage! Everyone did an amazing job, and the audience loved it so much they gave them a standing ovation.

Since I couldn’t be there I asked my spy to describe the concert in two words. Her response: “awesome” and “amazing.” Those are strong words, so like I said, if you missed it, you missed out big time. Next time these guys make a stop in Mob-town be sure to grab tickets ASAP, their big-city shows sell out!

Untraditionally country
So Saturday night while the spies were all over town, I saw Sturgill Simpson at The Wharf! Of course Sturgill was great and, like Black Violin, if you weren’t there you were missing out! When we first got settled into our seats, an older man couldn’t get over the fact that he smelled something in the air. He kept saying, “Someone is smokin’ somethin’, I smell it.” Boozie and friends never smelled whatever he was smelling, but whatever, old man. Then, while waiting for the show to start, a girl was walking up the stairs and tripped and fell, trying to play it cool and act like she wasn’t hammered and just fell. She rolled over and just sat on the stairs acting like nothing happened. This is all at the beginning of the night, too!

As the night went on, things got a little strange. A man couldn’t get over the fact I was wearing white jeans. He kept asking if it was a trend and why all of a sudden he was seeing people wearing the same pants. Maybe he was the one smoking something, because Boozie was so confused. I thought white jeans had been a thing for awhile. Maybe he doesn’t get out much? Because, please, it’s the Mobile lady uniform of summer.

It must be something about Sturgill’s music that puts love in the air because I spotted multiple couples dancing. One older couple was slow dancing and couldn’t keep their hands off each other, before deciding to leave mid-concert. There was another couple dancing but not slow dancing, it was more like a lap dance. I guess the music moves everyone differently.

Speaking of the music moving people, some of Boozie’s friends had seats closer to the stage and said they were exchanging a few words when the people behind them told them to take their conversation to the bathroom if they were going to talk… Yikes, guess they weren’t feeling the love like the others.

I know I sound like a broken record, but the next time Sturgill is in town, you gotta catch his show! You’ll regret it (again) if you miss it!

Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous or just some plain ol’ Sturgill lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!