REVIEW: Inaugaural Jazz on the Lawn Show Provides an Idyllic Evening

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by Theresa & Scott Schaefer

Popular Gypsy Jazz Quintet Pearl Django opened the New Jazz On the Lawn Series, to great success, at the gracious Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac last Friday evening.

We had the pleasure of attending this event, along with a host of happy revelers soaking up the evening sun while noshing on fine “Farm-To-Table” cuisine from Cedarbrook’s elegant Copperleaf Restaurant.

The audience included longtime fans, as well as newly-acquired ones, who swayed and lulled to the melodic strumming and deep bass beat of such standards as “Besame Mucho” and “Under Paris Skies,” flawlessly executed in the distinctive Pearl Django style.

The quintet also delighted audiences with selections from their new CD, entitled “Eleven,” including the amusingly-entitled “Prozac Muzette” and “Rumbatism.” [NOTE: B-Town Blog Editor Scott Schaefer was one of the first to accurately unravel the mysterious meaning behind the new CD’s title, according to Pearl Django’s own Troy Chapman. Can you guess why they call it “Eleven”?]

With a mixture of comfortable seating on the lawn, standing tables and lush patio dining, guests had the opportunity to enjoy the music from a variety of vantage points. It’s hard to say what the best seat in the house was, but the large party enjoying a lavish dinner on the patio might argue that theirs was in the top tier.

And for those who prefer not to sit, there’s plenty of room on the lawn to dance. In addition to dancing humans, we also witnessed what appeared to be dancing Dragonflies that flitted about, seemingly to the beat of Pearl Django!

We enjoyed delicious fare from Copperleaf’s Happy Hour menu, including a generous Dungeness Crab sandwich and an elegant take on classic fish and chips, accompanied by house-made tartar sauce and a sweet and tasty ketchup that clearly never saw the inside of a bottle.

One of Copperleaf restaurant’s guiding principles is their commitment to fresh “Farm-to-Table” cuisine with most ingredients collected from within 9-90 miles of the site. Such commitment, produces dining experiences abundant with flavor and subtlety.

Not to mention “unexpected” flavors such as the delightful Truffle Popcorn, offered as part of the Jazz on The Lawn specials. Upon the recommendation of General Manager Scott Ostrander, we enjoyed a bag of this crunchy, salty treat. Infused with the singular rich flavor of truffles, this snack blends well with the tipple of your choice, but watch out – it’s rather addictive and could leave you contemplating the purchase of your own truffle-finding pig and tickets for the next flight to Provence, so you can have Truffle Popcorn anytime you want. If all that seems like too much trouble, never fear, you need only wait until July 20th when the Jazz on The Lawn series continues with an appearance by the Downtown Mountain Boys.

Well-fed and charmed by the lilting tones, our evening couldn’t have been topped by anything other that the addition of a chance meeting of friends also enjoying this local “find” which kept us entertained long after the band had packed up. As Southside residents, we feel so fortunate to have an amazing venue such as Cedarbrook within minutes from our doorstep with top-drawer entertainment and world class cuisine, the hottest ticket is in SeaTac.

Who knew?


For more information on this great new music series, click here.

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