I did not find a place to play last night. But I believe that, with the help of a re-reading of my manuscript of my musical adventure from last year – tentatively titled, OPEN MIC: A MUSICAL JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD – I have found the closed-down facade of the bar that last year called itself Lua Nova, and where I played in the all-night jam session on the Sunday night.
I took a photo of this facade last night, to show you on this page. And I have furthermore decided to place in my book excerpts section of this blog the (not completely edited) paragraphs of the relevant passage in the OPEN MIC manuscript where I found the keys to the rediscovery of this Lua Nova venue yesterday. Having said that, I still have grave fears that this most excellent of jam session venues is no longer open for business.
The passage describes my walk through the streets immediately before I discover the venue, and then the opening minutes of my time in the bar when I slowly come to the realization that I have hit the jam session jackpot, after three largely frustrating days. (Although I had managed to finagle my way into the act at Finnegan’s Pub on the Friday.)
Tonight I will continue my search, and pass by the closed down facade again … perhaps Lua Nova opens for business only on the weekend…. However… just a few minutes after posting this I inquired of my Portuguese-speaking friend Vanessa as to the meaning of the words above the facade in the photo above, and unfortunately, it refers to “yet another boutique, a paper store” as best as my translation from the French goes; and so I now fear that it must certainly mean that Lua Nova has closed down and in its place will be a boutique selling paper…. Wow, what an assault on jam session music in Sao Paulo if that is the case….