The Medellin Dixie Band is just what it says; a band, all from Colombia, that plays authentic, turn-of-the-century, Louisiana style, Dixie music. And these guys are good! MINDBLOWING!!!
Erica from Over Yonderlust invited me. She came to Medellin shortly after I returned there; so of course, when 2 travel bloggers are in the same city, we meet up. Its like getting to hang out with an old friend you have never met. In our discussing, via the internet what we should do, she nonchalantly asks me if I would be interested in seeing her friend’s band play. Having just returned from 6 weeks in Ecuador, doing nothing but photographing rock and metal bands, I of course jumped at seeing more music.
Oh, and its Dixie music.
OH HELL YEA!
(I LOVE old music. Actually, I love just about every kind of music. Except American country music. I hate American country music.)
A few hours later, Erica and Shaun,Troy from Fogg Odyssey , and Diego and I met up for an impromptu travel-bloggy meet-up party to see Dixie music in Medellin, Colombia.
It was awesome!
First off – they were all dressed like old-timey Dixie players; shoes, hats, red & white stripy vests, the whole shebang! When they played, you couldn’t tell you were in the middle of Colombia, thousands of miles, and decades after, the origins of Dixie.
The talent was palpable.
I was suddenly filled with images of old flop houses, prohibition, and a crazier time where men where men and women were classy sultresses. I couldn’t stop myself from choreographing burlesque routines in my head, and I am pretty sure I had my hips swaying, even though I was trying my best not to break out in full dance. The music pierced into your soul in the best possible way.
This band was nothing I ever expected to find in South America, and never would have, if it not for Erica and Shaun and their awesomeness at loving random, amazing things, as much as me. (Their link above brings you to their blog post on this band).
If you ever go to Medellin, I highly recommend seeing The Medellin Dixie Band perform. It is one of the most unexpected and impressive things you will find in the city!