The Portland Zoo hosts a summer concert series. Wednesday night Luke and I took in a fantastic show by Mali musician Bassekou Kouyate. He plays the ngoni, an ancestor of the banjo, and he plays it like a rock star with one foot up on the speaker, eyes pinched and lips in a pout. His beautiful wife sings and sways and makes you feel proud to be a woman.

What a great date. To attend the concert you pay general admission to the zoo. After finding a spot on the grass and laying our blanket down, we had time to visit the animals, buy a bottle of wine, people watch and eat our cantaloupe. Good thing because once the music started we all crowded to the front and danced! How fun to be dancing, at 7pm, on a Wednesday, among kids and the call of elephants. And dancing with Luke is particularly enjoyable. That man can move!

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