Once again, I was was a guest at the annual Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club Ball, ARVLFC, for short. The meet and greet was held in St. Alphonsus church and was quite lovely. The ambience of the church combined with the music of the band drifting through the echoic and cavernous interior, created a peaceful, dreamlike, and almost reverent atmosphere. Some of the decor inside was quite beatiful as well (see picture). Anne Rice and her son Christopher sat at a table at the front of the church, while a line of fans patiently waited to meet the authors and have their books signed. My date and I enjoyed a couple of drinks from the cash bar and some of the snacks provided.
The night of the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Ball was pretty awesome. People came decked out in their finest costumery and the mood was one of general merriment. My date and I arrived about an hour into the festivities. Anne Rice and her son Christopher were in attendance, but they left about half an hour after we arrived. I’m assuming that they had had a busy day and would have another the next day, so it was best that they left “early” to get some rest. We stayed for quite a bit to enjoy the atmosphere and the company of friends before heading out elsewhere for the evening.
All in all it was another fun event. Even though I’ve been scheduled to play for the last two Anne Rice Vampire Lestat balls, I haven’t actually done so yet. I’m hoping that next year will be my year to actually play and that I can add that extra performance dimension to the experience. If you’re curious as to what my music might sound like, I give away my more popular tracks for free here: http://www.srmusic.info