Well, I spent last weekend in Racine, Wisconsin at an Old Time Jazz convention. Kind of like an SF con, but different. There were tons of 78's for sale - from $1.00 specials up to $250.00 for those extreme rarities. I picked up a Bing Crosby out-take 78 where the band goofs and Bing starts complaining while still singing! Apparently, the record was dubbed from an unreleased master. Luckily, it was not very expensive. The dealer had three copies!
There were also several live bands. In fact, from 10:30 Sunday morning to 7:00 Sunday night there was continuous live music - most of it pretty good and some that was fantastic! Although my favorite old music is from the Swing Era, and most of the weekend's entertainment was music prior to that, I still enjoyed it. Sometimes, there's nothing like a live band!
The "celebrity guest" was a man named Vince Giordano, who was without his usual band, the Nighthawks. The guy is talented. He plays tuba, piano, bass sax and an *aluminum* stand-up bass fiddle - and he sings, too! You may have heard the Nighthawks on "A Prairie Home Companion". Bought a couple of his CDs, which he autographed. If you've ever seen a movie in the last few years that took place in the 20's, 30's or 40's, and there was a live band in it, odds are that you've seen Vince. Here's his wikipedia entry:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Giordano