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The Dates:

Jul-Aug 2008

The Boys:

Charlie Morris on stage at the Fribourg Jazz Parade. Photo by Yves Häusermann.

Markus on stage at the Fribourg Jazz Parade. Photo by Yves Häusermann.

Speedy on stage at the Fribourg Jazz Parade. Photo by Yves Häusermann.

Dave on stage at the Fribourg Jazz Parade. Photo by Yves Häusermann.

The Gigs:



Fribourg Jazz Parade

Estivale d'Estavayer

Rest. Campagna

Hotel Eiger

Private Party
St. Gingolph

Sargans Jazz Festival

Shh not ddddrunk...jussssh hadda ffffew drrinksssh...

Funnest Gigs:

Sargans, Fribourg, Estavayer

Best Hotel:

Hotel Eiger (again)

Best Eats:

Filets de Perche in Salavaux,
lasagna chez Dadou

The Family:

Denise in Barcelona
Denise (The Tigress)

Dave n Sarah at Markus's flat in Fribourg
Dave and Sarah

Markus and family at the Eiger in Grindelwald
Olga, Anastasia, Vadim, Markus

Dadou in St. Gingolph

Bow wow wow!

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Hé Toi!

Charlie and Speedy Zydecoin it up in Belp, Switzerland.  Photo by Michel Figi.

Another fantastic tour! Do we ever have any bad ones? If we did, we probably wouldn't tell you. Anyway, I assure you we had a splendid time on this trip. It's always great to be in Switzerland in the summer, and this time the weather was absolutely delicious, except for a few rainy days. We played some great festival shows, did some recording, and had plenty of time for dining, boating, hiking and other fun.

CMB at the Langenthaler Hoffest. Photo by Christian Schenker.

The first gig was the Hoffest in Langenthal, where we had a nice stage and a huge crowd. There was a bit of rain, but the efficient Swiss had constructed a watertight roof for the hof (courtyard), and we stayed as dry as one of Charlie's jokes.

Charlie Morris Band at the Fribourg Jazz Parade. Photo by Yves Häusermann.

The biggest gig of the tour was the Fribourg Jazz Parade, a two-week festival in the center of Fribourg, one of my favorite Swiss cities and the home of our Markus Baumer. We had a blast, eating, drinking and hanging around backstage telling road stories. Oh yes, the show went well too. There was a crowd of 6,000, and the stage, sound and lights were first-rate.

Charlie Morris Band on the big stage at the Fribourg Jazz Parade. Photo by Yves Häusermann.

Charlie and Markus in Fribourg. Photo by Yves Häusermann.

CMB at the Equinoxe in Salavaux

Equinoxe is a nice restaurant on the lake in Salavaux, in the pretty Pays de Trois Lacs region. This was our second appearance here. Alas, it was rather rainy that day, so the crowd was a bit small, but they were quite lively, dancing and getting toasted. Had a fantastic plate of filets de perche with a local white wine.

Charlie Morris Band at Estivale d'Estavayer

The Estivale d'Estavayer was a nice little festival, with bands playing at various venues throughout the town. We played at a shady little outdoor restaurant for a wonderful crowd that kept us there until late into the night.

The boys playing a party in St. Gingolph

Our first gig in France! We played a private party just across the border in St. Gingolph. Everyone had a ball, and we sampled a fine assortment of local white wines.

Chuck in Belp.  Photo by Michel Figi.

The Restaurant Campagna is a large outdoor venue on the River Aare in Belp, just outside of Bern. They have a regular schedule of concerts every summer. We had a fun evening there, and a great meal of trout on the grill, but alas, once again the skies threatened rain all day, so the crowd was rather sparse. Michel Figi took some great photos.

Charlie Morris Band at Restaurant Campagna, Belp. Photo by Michel Figi.

CMB plays the Strassenfest in Grindelwald

I've been playing at the Hotel Eiger in Grindelwald since 1994, and I think this was something like our 20th time there. The Street Festival drew a huge crowd. The next day we had perfect weather for a lengthy hike in the Alps.

Another mountain vista in Grindelwald

Charlie with Mike Shannon, aka Dan Electro, in Barcelona Charlie and Markus with Bob Stroger in Sargans

The greatest thing about being on the road is seeing old friends, and making new ones! On a side trip to Barcelona, I got to see Mike Shannon (better known to Florida Fans as Dan Electro), and sit in with his band. At our last gig of the tour, the Sargans Jazz Festival, we had the honor of meeting Bob Stroger, a legendary bluesman who played with all the big names of Chicago back in the day. Bob was on tour with our Swiss colleague Andy Egert.

Charlie Morris Band at Restaurant Campagna, Belp. Photos by Michel Figi.