Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Jordan encore

Danny; Amman Jordan

After our amazing trip to Petra, on this fortuitous return to Jordan, we had the privilege to play four more events. We returned to the Al Hussein Cultural center for an encore performance. We had the honor to perform for the Prince Ra'ed and Princess Majda as well as US Ambassador Jones and his family.
We got to see some of our fans from our previous trip and some of our new Iraqi friends. It seems that people like to have their pictures taken sitting at my drums.
Earlier in the day, we played an event at a youth recreation center in Amman. The students were conducting interviews with us and asking some important questions about our trip and the music we shared.
In between the shows we went to a cafe/hooka bar for lunch. Lipton is the tea of choice over here and smoking Shishah is a favorite pastime during and after a meal. I bought a beautiful portable hooka to bring home with me.

The next day we played at the Princess Basma youth center in Aaman, but before the concert, Reem, our wonderful translator and event coordinator from the embassy, took us to a conservancy cafe that overlooked the Citadel and Roman ruins.
We had played at another Princess
Basma youth center in Irbid during our first visit to Jordan. It was wonderful to talk to the students and mentors about their facilities and projects. There are clubhouses all over the world and we spoke about staying in touch via webcast from their NYC clubhouse. They gave us some mix CD's that they made snd they were doing some great computer generated art.
Beautiful rosemary bushes were growing outside both centers we had visited.
We played a concert on a stage in their parking lot. They set up chairs and a homemade camera boom that they made from recycled materials.
The concert was so much fun and we played until the sun set. They turned on some car headlights and we continued to play into the evening. Some of the students posed with us after the concert for a group shot.
After a nights rest, we drove to Madaba, which means mosaic. There is a church there called St. Gregory,which is famous for it's beautiful mosaics. There is one on the floor near the altar. We played a concert at the St. George school community center. The concert was great and we had so much fun playing for the Madaba community.
Madaba reindeer;)

Joe Jammin out on Accordion
I heard what he was trying to do.
Never quite heard anything like it;)
Before the concert we had an amazing meal at this wonderful open air restaurant.
We drove back to Amman after the concert and packed for our flight to Bahrain. Everyone at the US Embassy; Ambassador Jones, Karin, Reem, our wonderful drivers, the Jordanian government and all the beautiful people we met in Jordan, made this one of the most wonderful experiences of our lives. I will always carry a part of Jordan with me in my heart and I will forever have Jordan on my mind.