Our local Campo San Giacomo de l'Orio is hosting its annual weeklong Festa di San Giacomo (July 18-25). The campo is filled with what seems like hundreds of tables and benches, along with five food tents, a stage. Strings of lights are draped from trees, flagpoles, and tents. Last night we went to the festa, intending to eat traditional festa food (bigoli in salsa, costicine alla griglia, ecc), but the food lines (mobs) were impossible, so we came home and made spaghetti, aglio, olio, peperoncino. They we went out again to listen to the band, the Uragani (Hurricanes), a classic rock band from Mestre. Once I figured out that the sound was endurable if I stood next to the stage behind the speakers, it was fine. In fact, it was a lot of fun to draw while moving to the music and singing along with the band and the crowd. The band was great, and as the evening (and my drawing) progressed, more and more people were dancing. My line drawing looks like daytime, but it was drawn at night. The campo was illuminated by hundreds of colored light that cast colored shadows. I may draw more tonight, since geesepalace has a rowing date.
The last time I can recall that I drew at a live concert was when the old 1970s group "I Cugini di Campagna" played at the festa of San Pietro di Castello. And before that, when Bob Dylan peformed live in a benefit concert in Des Moines, in honor of ALS sufferers such as our friend Rob Borsellino.
I am coming to the end of this large drawing book, and am waiting for Legatoria Polliero to bind more of my Lana paper into a new book.