Somehow when I think of Medellin, Colombia, I don’t think of bands playing old timey, ragtime music that I find myself attracted to when I’m in Austin, Texas. In discovering Medellin, I quickly learned that nothing is what it seems. Music in Colombia took us by surprise.
One of our friends graciously invited us to see his band, the Medellin Dixie Band, perform. I really didn’t want to get my hopes up. I had seen his talent shine on the guitar before – but seriously, Dixie? In Medellin? COLOMBIA?
My socks were officially blown off. In amazing renditions – my favorite being St. James’ Infirmary – were spot on. Mind you, I wish Cab Calloway was standing there in front of me crooning, but I think that is asking a bit much.
Seriously, why on earth are they playing DIXIE of all things in Colombia?! I wasn’t going to complain, neither was my foot tapping on the floor. I was officially taken back to the many burlesque performances I had attended back home and more than anything – they were rockin’.
This is what I think officially solidified my love for Medellin. There are surprises around every corner. This city is nothing like you think it is. A little rough around the edges, you find some of the most amazing people, art, and music around. What more do you need in life? I would love to spend a few months there of every year if we can ever find a way to be fully location independent – but until then, I’ll just enjoy some good ol’ Dixie music.