Despite all the pre-game drama, it looks like the Jordan Festival is well under way. Last night I went to the Diana Krall concert up at the Citadel, which is, by the way, an absolutely amazing place for a concert. Surrounded by all that is Amman. City lights. Wedding fireworks somewhere in the distance. Perfect weather; it was really something. Krall played some real jazz and blues classics that included some legendary Nat King Cole, and ended the concert with an encore of “Route 66”. Meanwhile, somewhere in Jeresh, the crowds seemed to be going wild (as I heard over the phone) for Omar Abdallat and George Wassouf (aka Abu Wade3). But it’s interesting to see the diversity play its role, with different audiences, different ages, different venues, different artists and different music. The organization seemed pretty good. Although there was an overwhelming police presence and limited parking as usual. Also, cameras were not allowed. Why? What possible reason is there for no cameras being allowed? Does it distract the artist; especially someone who’s used to playing crowds 20 times of tonights’? Or is it over copyrights, i.e., someone owns the right to the photographic documentation of this concert? Well let me confess right here and now that I did manage to sneak a camera in (bless you Sara and your purse) and I did manage to snap a picture although it turned out horribly, and I was asked to put it away which I did reluctantly, but out an effort to respect the rules. But everyone else was busy snapping away. It’s because apparently, it’s 2008 and everyone has a camera phone.
Anyways, I digress. Diana Krall was great, and I’ll probably be listening to jazz records for the next week or two. Things are just starting up for the Jordan Festival and there’s a lot more ahead. Make sure you don’t miss out.
If anyone was there and has better photos than mine, please feel free to share.