Good morning to you all!! I hope yours was a wonderful weekend.
One of the things I really enjoy about Huntsville during this time of the year is that there are so many events being held outdoors and a majority of those events include music. I could be just slightly biased, having been on the board for six years, but I do not think there is any better outdoor venue then the Land Trust of North Alabama’s Three Caves. You just know there is something magical about to happen when walking down the gravel road in the bowl and spotting the caves for the first time. As the evening progresses and darkness sets upon the venue, lights illuminate the caves and the surrounding walls. If that is not enough to captivate you, then the sweet sounds of jazz begin to emanate from the stage. As you settle into your chair you just know that you are in for a treat and so it is best that you just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Since the inception of “concerts at the caves” the Land Trust has done well to nurture and grow the event into 3 extremely exciting and highly entertaining concerts each year. Their primary music focus has been Jazz and once you have attended an event you will realize just how much it is the perfect fit. I was one of the original board members that helped in turning the music vision into a reality and they have done well since to turn that vision into a highly anticipated series of jazz concerts engaging national acts. It never ceases to amaze me, with the venue sitting just a few minutes from the city, how many people have never been to the caves. The Land Trust now offers good reason to visit and once you have, it is something that you will never forget.
I was elated to hear that Canadian born saxophonist Warren Hill was going to play the venue. I was introduced to his music in the early 90’s and have been a huge fan every since. He was actually on my bucket list of jazz personalities that I suggested the Land Trust look at. Much to my surprise he was on a few others bucket lists. Like most other entertainers, Warren’s very first comment was to compliment the venue by saying, “ it was the most unique venue he had ever played!” Coming from someone that has traveled the world playing jazz, I would have to say that is high praise.
Warren did not disappoint the crowd with his stories and music playing over 2 ½ hours. I tend to use words like mystical and magical but when referring to the venue of 3 Caves, you just have to experience it for yourself to walk away knowing exactly what I mean. Kudos to Marita Durham and her volunteers for all of the hard work they put into the concerts in making the dream a huge reality and to the Land Trust for allowing us to share this amazing venue. It truly is a Mystical and Magical place …. Enjoy!!!!!!!
To find out more about the Land Trust, the concert series or how you can get involved – www.landtrust-hav.org
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Best regards ……On the Road Again ….