It was a short day, with the music not starting until 3:00. We were watching news about the happenings in Egypt, and didn't get to a set until 4:00.
We also heard the New El Dorado Jazz Band, one of Hal Smith's brainstorms. Hal has been working with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio, TX for a few months, but had to leave them due to some wrist and shoulder problems. He put the El Dorado group together from other bands and is playing washboard instead of drums until his injuries are taken care of.
This band is one of the most excellent you could find in this genre: Carl "Sonny" Leyland (piano), Mike Baird (reeds/Titanic Jazz Band), Howard Miyata (trombone-tuba/High Sierra Jazz Band), Marc Caparone (cornet/Climax Jazz Band), Katie Cavera (banjo), Georgia Korba (Bass), and Hal Smith (washboard). This is the hottest group at the festival. I'll get a photo of them tomorrow.
The last time we came to the Fresno festival we found a great Basque/American restaurant, the Shepherd's Inn. This year they advertised in the festival's program. We went there for dinner tonight, and it's exactly the same as last time. For that matter, it's probably pretty close to the same as it was a hundred years ago! In addition to the entre of your choice (served with french fries), they serve bread, soup, green salad, potato salad, pasta, beans, and finish with a little dish of vanilla ice cream. If you don't know what's about to come, you can easily be full before the entre arrives!
Tomorrow the music starts at 10:00 a.m., and I'll try to get more photos. I can't promise they'll be better, because I forgot the Canon at home and am depending on my phone camera.