For lunch today, my significant other extended a most rewarding offer to me for lunch. Most of us in the south think of Piccadilly Cafeteria as the best location to get hot food quick and at a great price. It dawned on me as we walked through the doors of the Baton Rouge Government Street location that today’s lunch would be different than any other.
I could hear the twangs of the old ragtime piano as we approached the food line. It reminded me of the piano in my Great Grandmother’s home that always needed a good tuning. But the music this fella played would not be the same if every note was tuned to perfection. Blues chords ran up and down the piano along the fingertips of Mr. Henry Gray, a notable Blues legend from Baton Rouge. As if he were performing on stage at Teddy’s Juke Joint he entertained all of us as we enjoyed a break from the stress at the office. Needless to say lunch was good to my eyes, ears and tummy!
The Blues is a staple in Baton Rouge and sometimes we locals do not appreciate it. According to many blues scholars, New Orleans’ Congo Square is the birthplace of the Blues and all American music coming up from the Caribbean field worker chants. The winding Mississippi River helped bring blues to the rest of the country and the world.
Every April Baton Rouge hosts the Baton Rouge Blues Festival Week combining Earth Day, Live After 5 and Sunday in the Park in celebrating the history of Baton Rouge Blues. For more information visit http://www.brbluesfoundation.org/.
Chicken and Blues!
Monday, August 24, 2009