At the Grave of Messiaen
Music Above the Clouds

The Other Lucerne Festival

Having arrived in Lucerne, Switzerland expecting to just take a quick look around before heading on to Zurich, I'm stopped in my tracks by an outdoor stage outside the KKL - the big performing arts venue - where LA's Sick Puppies are playing to a huge crowd next to Lake Lucerne. Apparently, I've stumbled upon the 3rd annual Luzerner Fest, which I assume is meant to be the free, populist version of the acclaimed classical music festival to be held here in a few weeks. Over 80 bands are scheduled to play on 20 stages all around town: everything from rock, to jazz, to traditional Landler music. With the sun just starting to peek out from behind the clouds, lighting up the remarkable 14th century buildings, I can't imagine a better way to spend my next-to-last day of vacation.