I had to play with Skagit Swings big band at the Bellingham Seafeast from 11-12 Saturday 9/23 so I didn’t get to the campground at Langley till around 3 or so. As soon as I stepped out of my RV there was some “campground host” guy in my face hovering over me telling me my dog had to be on a leash and pretty much hovering around until he saw me put my $25 in the slot. Then he shows me a map and says here are the places you can go to play music. What? There is a new young woman named Roxanne running the campground. She won’t let us play our music the way we have for the last 16 years anymore.
Apparently Friday night she had a cop come and shut down the jam around the fire grate. At about four Saturday she showed up with a cop and took the fire grate and all the chairs away and stuck it in one of the buildings and decreed that we had to go there to play. She had no clue what that involved. I’m not going to carry a music stand, a chair, two guitars, several music books, some form of lighting and my dog a half mile on the chance there might be someone else down there to play with.
I had a ticket for the 8 p.m. show so I went to that. When I got back to the campground after to show there was dead silence. There was no music going anywhere at the campground. I just packed up the RV and went home to Bellingham.
So much for the Djangofest. It was nice having that week to meet up will old friends each year to play but that is no more.
I won’t be back.
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