Thursday, February 25, 2010

Happy National Tortilla Chip Day!

I hope you all enjoyed your National Tortilla Chip Day celebrations!  Mine was a blast! 

As always, National Tortilla Chip Day is on February 24th.  The exact origin of the holiday is unknown.  Skeptics of the holiday still cite rumors that a tortilla chip manufacturer created the holiday as a marketing ploy, but they lack originality and are just riding the coattails of similar arguments for Christmas, Penguin Awareness Day, and Valentine's Day.

My National Tortilla Chip Day celebration was made complete by the companionship of the always lovely Brittany (@lights_aurora on Twitter).  We shared insights on Latin guitar music, middle-aged Latina women, and shirts with built-in-bras.

The venue of choice for our night was Luna, a local club that I frequent infrequently. I absolutely love this venue.  It may not look like much from the outside, but once you step inside, you are instantly transported to a very cool lounge where you are instantly cooler.  I love the red tables and chairs, the red curtains, and the blown-up jazz album covers as the wall art.  They had remodeled since the last time I've been there, and I loved how accessible the stage and performers felt.  If you go, look for all the monkeys they have around the bar!

Speaking of performers, Border Palace have a standing gig on Wednesday nights.  They were the group I heard when I went to Luna last and have been meaning to go back to hear them again since.  It's a shame it's taken me this long to go to hear them play.  Their music is amazing.  They're just two brothers with guitars, but they use the complete range of the guitar as an instrument.  Their music got me into classical and latin guitar music, which has become some of my go-to music for writing, bubble baths, and mellowing out at work. From their sets this week, I loved "Aqua" from their first CD and their rendition of "Oye Como Va."

I wasn't a huge fan of the girl who came in to play between their sets.  There was something about her voice that didn't quite jive for me.  The only song of hers I liked was a cover of a Bob Dylan song, and I'm pretty sure that it's just because the original song was that good. 

Oh, and we got free tortilla chips and salsa while at Luna.  


Amanda said...

I'm glad you guys had fun. I hope you didn't think I was really sad I wasn't going when I tweeted you guys last night. I mean, when I put it up, I was already in my pajamas and almost in bed. :D With my boys getting up early for school, late nights don't work as well on weekdays.

It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun, though. I think I ate some tortilla chips yesterday. I didn't knwo there was a holiday related to them, though...

Ann said...

Yeah, found out about the holiday from their newsletter earlier in the week. It wasn't on my radar before then.

I've been wanting to see Border Palace for a while now. It's uncommon for me to go out on a weeknight. I just bribed Brittany so that I wouldn't have to go by myself. But if you get a free Wednesday night (spring break?) let me know!