For the past year, every third Thursday across King Street from fibre space™, La Fromagerie hosts Curtis Blues, an acoustic Delta Blues performer whose music recalls the 1920s and ’30s. From 7-9PM, this master storyteller holds his audience captive as he walks them through the life of a blues man and recounts the history of the blues. From the African Gourd Banjo carried over on slave ships to the one-string “diddley bow” and homemade cigar box guitar. Every show is different but every show leaves its participants with a renewed respect for the genre and the artist.
Curtis was a customer of La Fromagerie’s before it evolved from a cheese shop to a restaurant. The owner, Sebastien Tavel, and Curtis quickly realized that they have much in common: a love of cured meats, food and music–especially rock and roll and the blues. It seemed natural to have Curtis entertain La Fromagerie’s guests once a month. The performance begins at 7PM. Arrive when you can, leave when you need to. Come and go as you please, but be sure to stay long enough to indulge in the platters of carefully selected cheeses and cured meats for which La Fromagerie is known. Ask your waiter to recommend a wine, or take advantage of the $5 half-wine night. The schedule is available here.
(Photo credit: Northern Virginia Magazine.)