We drove up the Mission Road from Carmel to Santa Clara, another beautiful and familiar place for Chanticleer.  We've never seen so many people packed into the mission - 800 for each performance, not a ticket to be had at the door.   

The decorations here are always breathtaking.

Looking pretty good after 25 concerts...

The Santa Clara audience is fun to perform for - there are many many who go back to the very first Chanticleer concerts here in the Mission, and greet every successive generation of ensemble members with the same warmth as they have displayed since the beginning.

Hard to believe, but our 2011 Christmas odyssey comes to an end tonight back at St. Ignatius.  It always feels good to end up at the Mother Ship, and close to our SF homes for many early morning departures on Saturday.

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