032406cafedelsol1.jpg 032406cafedelsol2.jpgAn entertaining night at Frank and Sally Walker’s Cafe del Sol in Floyd, listening to the traditional and folk interpretations of Brother Wind, a trio that’s now a quartet and a popular act for local music buffs.

Brother Wind offers a lot of oldtime feelgood tunes mixed with some contemporary. Bassist Rusty May recently joined Dave Fason and Michael & Kari Thomas Kovick to round out the group and Kari recently released a CD of her works, recorded at Dave’s Undertoad Studios.

David St. Lawence, who’s becoming a master at upstaging, blogged live from Cafe del Sol Friday night, posting his impressions and photos during the evening’s entertainment by using the cafe’s wi-fi network..

I hope David knows this means war. I used wi-fi extensively while living and working out of Washington. I could shoot an assignment and then duck into a Starbucks or other establishment offering wi-fi to send my photos to the client immediately.

If a wi-fi network wasn’t immediately available, I’d use Verizon’s EVDO high speed wireless network to send material through a cell modem running at 768k.

On my last pro shoot before leaving Washington, I shot using a wi-fi adapter on my Nikon D2H. It sent the imges directly to a trailer where editors selected the photos, cropped them for use and sent them directly to Chicago to make an early evening deadline.

The EVDO modem went into a drawer when we moved to Floyd County but Citizens Telephone is developing a high-speed over the air network in the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area that will allow 3mb service through a laptop modem. Technology marches on and follows us into the mountains.

Also ran into Todd Christenson, the Virginia official who is ramrodding the $1 million Community Development Block that Floyd may or may not get, depending on whether or not the town can get its act together and put its traditional bickering on a back burner. Todd was taking his brother, who lives in California, on a tour of The Crooked Road, the Virginia music trail that includes Floyd’s music venues. 032406cafedelsol3.jpg