T.H.E. Show Newport 2011 Desert

A Tasty Desert
Over coffee, I asked Bob Levy how he achieved the cool "lifestyle" vibe of the event. He explained that the team actually walked a pretty fine line. LAOCAS members wanted tasteful distractions, but not divergence from the audiophile fun. Cigars and wine tasting around the patio were consumable purchases; the old cars were cool, but not for sale at the show; the jazz painting and guitar vendor was on topic, but fine watch or tactical flashlight vendors, for example, would possibly take discretionary spending away from audio companies. Bob and crew did a dandy job serving up flavorful treats, and the event was a virtual banquet for the senses.

Merryl Jaye's Jazz Paintings

Struck by a blaze of vibrant color as I walked out of Kimber Kable's ground floor room, I turned to see Marryl Jaye's booth filled with bold, oil portraiture of Jazz' great luminaries. Originals were available, but she also had a lovely collection of prints suitable for framing. My buddy Josh bought a cool Django Reinhardt print. There was one beauty more colorful than the rest displayed, the radiant artist herself. What a charming feast for the eyes.

Crevier Classic Cars
I wandered out into the lanai for a little morning sunshine prior to the show opening Sunday and noticed the sign "Cars!" pointing to the back lot. A quick swing around the pool brought me to a dandy handful of sweet old school rides.

The 1955 Ford F100 glowed like burnished silver.

I imagined Betty Boop quaffing her hair in this 1949 Ford Tudor.

I'm pretty sure you're required to wear a Zoot Suite to pilot this 1940 Ford Tudor hot rod.

Roll up a pack of Camels in your t-shirt sleeve and check out this 1968 Chevrolet El Camino SS396. A pick-up truck with attitude.

Live Music
Unfortunately, I didn't experience the music from the audience point of view as it looked like they really strung up some good PA gear, but as I enjoyed pizza and beer with buddies in one of the rooms overlooking the courtyard we opened the sliding glass door out onto the balcony and soaked in the tunes.

We enjoyed pianist Mike Garson and flutist Lori Bell provide an eclectic mix of tunes, followed buy Gilbert Castellanos' Bolero Romance Sextet in very tight sets of Brasillian and standard Jazz.

The two day program of music ran from Friday night through Sunday afternoon and included: Dean Peer, who did some wild things on the bass; Roni Ben-Hur, guitar; Nilson Matta, bass; Gary Foster, sax, flute; Anthony Smith, vibes; Enzo Todesco, drums; Shunzo Ohno, trumpet; Andy Martin, trombone; Carlos Vasquez, drums; Kamau Kenyatta, bass; Lorraine Castellanos, vocals; and Barry Rillera "remembering the Rightious Brothers" with his five-piece band.

Upscale Audio's BWM Isetta 300

Parked under the awning at the entrance to the hotel for the duration was Upscale Audio's cute as a button BMW Isetta. I just couldn't resist snapping some pix.

Just a few closing thoughts left ...

Olivia84's picture

I'm glad that the show will be annual now! I love it and I'm glad to have an opportunity to wait for the show every year.