WOW!   What A Ride!!

The Music Train 2014

"I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music." - George Eliot

The Music                The Sights

The Takeaway:

Sadly, the Music Train 2014 is over. Naty and I returned to San Jose 8/23. I won't bore you with too many details, but suffice it to say that we both had a great time, all the while contributing to the music and arts economy of the USA. It was almost like performing community service!

We left San Jose 7/19, leaving on AMTRAK. The goal was to ride the Train to cities with a historical tradition of musical excellence. Along the way, we made to side trips to visit the cousins in Las Vegas NV and attend a cousin's wedding in Sheboygan WI.

Favorite Places? Austin, New Orleans and Chicago - not in any particular order.
Favorite food and drink? Lou Malnatti's pizza and the IPA at Marble Brewery.

But don't let me influence you. Listen for yourself and decide. YOYO for the pizza and beer if you're not in Chicago and Albuquerque.

In A Nutshell

  • 12 Cities

  • 9 AMTRAK Trains

  • 6260 Rail Miles

  • 35 days

  • Non-stop Music

The Details

  • LA, Las Vegas, Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, Sheboygan, Chicago, St. Louis, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, San Louis Obispo, San Jose  

  • Pacific Surfliner, Texas Eagle, Sunset Limited, City of New Orleans, Illini, Hiawatha Service, Lincoln Service, Missouri River Runner, Southwest Chief, Coast Starlight  

  • Click  to see the map

  • Departed San Jose July 19, returned August 22

  • Mariachi, banda, opera, rock-a-billy, country, Texas swing, jazz, blues, Rock 'n Roll, Irish folk and... Somethin' for every body!

What'd We Hear?   Click the links to find out

Los Angeles CA - The City of Angels

  banda and mariachi music   on Olvera Street

Las Vegas NV - Sin City

 opera (Rigoletto excerpts) at the Venetian

Austin TX - Blueberry in a Red State

 Grammy Award winner Ray Benson and a lot more in Austin

San Antonio TX - Alamo City

  mariachia music and a jazz duo  at the Hyatt on the River Walk

New Orleans LA - The Big Easy

  jazz and blues on Bourbon Street

Memphis TN - Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll

Dr. Feelgood Potts and lot's more

Chicago IL - The Windy City

the History of Motown and Kingston Mines

St. Louis - Gateway to the West

an Allman Brothers cover band at the Oyster Bar

Albuquerque - The Duke City

Nacha Mendez, latin folk jazz guitar in Albuquerque

Santa Fe - The City Different

Max Gomex and the opera Carmen LIVE

San Louis Obispo - SLO

street music on Higuera Street

San Jose - Capitol of Silicon Valley

Ron Thompson At Poor House Bistro

What'd We See?