In the beginning of Christopher Paul Curtis' boy, Bud, Not Buddy, there are several events that stand out in the story.
At the beginning, we meet Bud who is in an orphanage. His mother is dead and all he cares about is finding a way to get out of the home and travel to find his father, a musician (he believes) who is highlighted on a flyer advertising a band that is playing a "gig" somewhere in Michigan.
By the middle of the book, Bud has escaped from an abusive foster family. He has started out on foot to Grand Rapids where he believes his father lives. He is lucky enough to be picked up by Lefty who takes care of him overnight at his daughter's home; he next day, Lefty drives Bud where he wants to go.
By the end of the story, Bud has caught up with Herman E. Calloway and his band, located in Grand Rapids. However, Bud's expectations are not met as he had anticipated, and Herman's surprise is mirrored in Bud's reaction—as each learns about the other, and both have to come to terms with a word that changes drastically with the presence of each in the other's life. Bud learns that things are not always what they appear to be; Herman learns that life is still full of surprises, not matter how old you get. Both learn about the importance of family, regardless of how it presents itself.
When was bud opening night playing the saxophone ?