|Doug, Paul, and Rachel, in July|
For about the past year or so Paul Sanchez has been touring the country, solo, promoting his latest CD, Heart Renovations. In Joliet earlier this year for a private gig, he returned to the Chicago area this past weekend, with appearances at Fitzgeralds and at Toons - both well known music venues.
And on Sunday, right here in Joliet at the Chicago Street Pub. Sunday also happened to be his birthday. More good friends of Paul’s provided some delicious home cooked Jambalaya, Gumbo, cornbread (and of course birthday cupcakes) for a Big Easy style dinner.
|Paul with the Strles (who really know how to cook!) and Luis|
Paul Sanchez has an easy, relaxed style, with a story to go with every song. Songs he himself wrote and are generally based on his own life experiences.
|Paul's well traveled guitar|
|Always fun listening to Paul Sanchez|
Condron eventually joined him on stage to provide a little back up and harmony. As people came in and out I noticed a man with a large instrument case come in. So did Paul, graciously inviting the guy with ‘the machine gun case’ to join him. That turned out to be Ellis Wright and his saxophone. Also invited to play was a trombone player named William Cooper. Wright, Cooper, and Condron are all locals and have played the Chicago Street Pub often but not necessarily together.
|The Joliet boys - Ellis Wright, William Cooper, John Condron|
Find Heart Renovations here: http://www.paulsanchez.com/