San Giacomo’s feast day is July 25, and the folks who live in Venice’s parish of San Giacomo dell’Orio know how to celebrate it! They hold their sagra around that time every year. On July 18 I met up with friends, and they were savvy enough to nab a table. (Thank you to Laura for all the people pictures.)
While we were snacking on apple cake and almond cake, a bride and groom walked by. What a time for a wedding!
The band this night was Furio and Friends, which is Marco Furio Forieri’s latest incarnation. You might remember him from Pitura Freska or Ska J. He’s a Venetian staple and much beloved for singing in Venetian dialect.
A little video action of some mean horn playing:
The same guy who sells the blinky toys was there, as usual. I bought a couple glowing bracelets from him and gave one to my new friend. They also had a tombola, and I saw a lucky winner walking away with a sponge…
We left our table for a while to dance closer to the band.
And did some damage to some wine and beer bottles.
I returned the next night to see Sauro’s Band, who had rocked the campo last year. They opened with “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and I was hooked!
Eleven guys on stage produce a lot of sound and a lot of energy. Sauro moves nonstop and energizes his band, the crowd, the trees… They had an amazing horn section, so tight, and the four sax players were having loads of fun. One bass sax player even did a cartwheel at one point. It was fun to figure out what they were playing, arrangements of tv theme songs (“Hawaii Five-O”), show tunes, big band (“Pennsylvania 65000”), and even Michael Jackson.
Bands played every night for a week. The two I got to see this year brought down the campo!