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Sunday, August 31, 2008
An early review of the Detroit International Jazz Festival:
"What's Going On" with New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band...
Ringo's recent All-Starr Tour cashed in at casinos
A visit to the Okra Festival in Alabama (yes, they had music there)
And Edgar Winter rocks the House of Blues in Dallas
Saturday, August 30, 2008
"New York City is addressing residents' complaints about salt from the waterfalls exhibition by cutting in half the hours per week they flow, News 4 New York has learned.
Four waterfalls built as an art spectacle on Manhattan's East River became the subject of an eco-uproar for the damage their mist is doing to the waterfront greenery."
Preview of a new CD by Edgar Winter
More music coming to Lowell MA and Nashua NH
Randy Newman in New Orleans
John Fogerty sighting
And Bix Beiderbecke, restored:
Friday, August 29, 2008
Yet another in an occasional series...
A look at Hula Records:
Ukulele lovers stand tall
Hawaiian music legends Cecilio and Kapono reunite:
And Hawai'i Magazine picks John Cruz as one of its "Best of Hawai'i" winners
Archiving music with veteran producer Opal Nations:
Interview with the trumpet group New Orleans 100
The Midnight Juggernauts remix Johnny Cash?
The latest version of "Guitar Hero"...Christian.
A look back at early jazzman King Oliver
And a tribute to recently-deceased Swedish jazz artist Esbjörn Svensson...
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Auwe! Slack Key legend Led Kaapana, whom some of us saw live at Lowell in 2000, celebrated his 60th birthday by playing some music with Peter Moon, then went to the Likelike Drive-In to get some grinds.
From KGMB via Auntie Maria:
"While inside eating, a local boy who some had seen circling the car, broke in and stole Ledward's Bird's Eye Maple Ibanez guitar."
Two new books about what Bob Wills called "the biggest little instrument in the world-mandolin"
An intriguing new reggae release from Jamaica
The monetary value of a rock star's John Hancock?
A look at "Love", the Beatles project featuring Cirque de Soleil:
"Hula-The Art of Hawaiian Dance"
Yesterday, it was ukulele madness in New Zealand. Today, it's ukulele madness next door in Australia
And a look at an interesting band from N'Orleans, The 'Vettes.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Honolulu HI
400 PM HST Wednesday Aug 27 2008
Synopsis... moderate trade winds are expected through the end of the week. A slight decrease in winds is expected during the weekend...but look for winds to increase again next week. Trade wind showers will favor windward and Mauka areas.
Discussion... good model agreement with a high pressure ridge north of the state being the main weather feature during the forecast period. A low pressure system moving in from the west will help to disrupt the ridge...despite the fact that the low is expected to move north along the west side of the ridge. This interaction will reduce the trade winds over the islands a bit this weekend. The band of clouds upstream of the islands remains over Oahu and Maui County this afternoon.
As a result...have made some minor modifications to various areas with regards to probability of precipitation for the first part of the night. Rainfall over the windward areas was in the neighborhood of a quarter to a third of in from Kauai to Maui...with no rain reported by The Big Island rain gages. The most rain fell at the Ulupalakua gage on Maui where the gage reported 0.49 inches between 1 and 2 PM.
Hfo watches/warnings/advisories... none.
Final snapshot, this time from Center Sandwich village...sharp-eyed TV fans will immediately recognize this view as coming from the opening title sequence of "Newhart" (the Vermont inkeeper show that was all a dream). Said show is slowly coming out on DVD, but it will be milked for all it's worth before the epic finale comes out.
Even though "The Stratford Inn" was in Vermont, several of the camera shots in the opening sequence were in fact filmed in Sandwich and neighboring Holderness.
"Dick" and "Joanna" drove by this intersection in one of those opening shots. Bear left as they did to get on Skinner Street, or turn right for Mead Base and Sandwich Notch.
Sandwich, New Hampshire Part 2:
Just down the road (south) apiece from where I took the vista of Mt. Chocorua, this is the house that was the home to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Rains in the 1960s. I previously showed a shot of their headstones in nearby Moultonborough.
Claude of course was an actor of some note, best known as the speaker of the post title in the classic film "Casablanca".
A business assignment took me today to one of the cooler little towns here in central New Hampshire, Sandwich. It's located just to the north of Squam Lake (aka "Golden Pond") and just south of the "front range" of the White Mountains, the Sandwich/Whiteface/Chocorua range, which are the first mountains above 3,000 feet in elevation.
Here's the first of several vistas I saw today during my visit. This is looking northeast to Mt. Chocorua, one of the most photographed peaks in the US (although never from this angle as I took this shot from a location I cannot divulge). Chocorua used to be called "The Matterhorn of America" even though it is many times lower and is named after a legendary Chief.
In the 1800s, one of the hiking trails to the summit of Chocorua actually had a toll booth, and the first time I climbed it via another trail in the 1960s we had to park and pay on private land to get to the (public) trailhead.
A visit to the Texas State Fair fried food contest.
"Mr. Gonzales’ deep-fried pineapple — the fire — is topped with banana-flavored whipped cream that’s been frozen in liquid nitrogen — the ice. The concoction is then covered with syrupy strawberries.
It’s safe to eat, and Mr. Gonzales said kids will enjoy a fun side effect: After placing the frozen whipped cream in your mouth, you can blow smoke out of your nose and mouth when you exhale."
Ukulele madness in New Zealand (2 links)
For a "retired" musician, Brah Hugh Masekela hasn't slowed down a bit!
Joss and Colosio revive the art of stupid music:
Jazz and Hip-Hop: can they really mix?
NPR goes to the Monterey Jazz Fest:
And New Orleans musicians shine in Denver-
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
NASA's Mars Exploration rover Opportunity is heading back out to the Red Planet's surrounding plains nearly a year after descending into a large Martian crater to examine exposed ancient rock layers.
"We've done everything we entered Victoria Crater to do and more," said Bruce Banerdt, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Banerdt is project scientist for Opportunity and its rover twin, Spirit.
One of the "Poi-Boy" DJs from the old K-POI that I gew up with living in Kailua was "Uncle" Tom Moffatt, who was also an early friend of Col. Parker; Tom in fact introduced Elvis to the Sandwich Islands. Now he has a new compilation out.
Music in Motion
A real live rock and roll fantasy camp:
Blues and gospel music meet in South Africa
Sir Paul about to perform in Israel
And a look at Victor Spinetti, who acted in "A Hard Days Night" and "Help!"
Monday, August 25, 2008
Got this sad news via e-mail from original NRBQ drummer Tom Staley this morning:
"Besides "Pretty Woman" and "Little Sister", Buddy was also the drummer on all the Johnny Burnette Trio and Everly Brothers stuff. His creation on "Cathy's Clown" earned him an immediate pass into heaven."
Buddy was also an original member of a great 1980s band called The Nashville Superpickers, which also included former Bob Wills fiddler Johnny Gimble, steel guitar great Buddy Emmons, and world-class harmonica cat Charlie McCoy. Click on the post title for the NY Times obit...
Another young ukulele master...watch out, Jake!
Kentucky radio station sells all its music on vinyl
77 year young jazzman Sonny Rollins sighted:
A Moroccan music fest in the Bay Area
And a small Maryland guitar factory gets some financial aid:
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Final score: 12-3. As was the case with the 'Ewa Beach team, the Waipahu team ended up going undefeated thru the tournament.
Box score will be added to the Post title hyperlink shortly.
UPDATE: Click post title for box score, and link below for interview
In the World Championship, Hawai'i has scored in every inning, and currently leads Mexico 7-3. They just finished batting in their part of the 4th inning, and despite getting some insurance runs thanks to a home run, they also left the bases loaded-for the second time in the game.
Preview of a Guitar Fest Down Under
When the blues were green
Little Feat sighting
Sing it again, Kinky!
And a university in Texas gets Maynard Ferguson's music library:
Saturday, August 23, 2008
What a comeback...the Waipahu team went into the top of the (final) 6th inning losing to Lake Charles 5-1, but scored 6 runs and then shut down the Boozoos to win 7-5. Auwe!
Waipahu now plays Mexico for the World Championship Sunday afternoon. As soon as the box score is ready, I will add a link to this post.
UPDATE-Box score added. Click post title.
And some more LL reports
I took this picture across the street from our Kaua'i rental home in 2003; at the time this was one of the last prime undeveloped parcels of land on the South Shore. Click the post title to see what's happening to it.
The International Division champion is Mexico, which defeated Japan.
In progress, the US Championship...Hawai'i leads Lake Charles 1-0 in the 4th inning; the winner plays Mexico Sunday for all of the marbles.
Click on the post title for the website of the New Hampshire-based Elm Research Institute, which has developed a tree resistant to Dutch Elm Disease. We have been planting these here in central NH with great success over the past 10 years.
Preview of the R & B Foundation music awards
Boz Scaggs sighting
Live streaming music from Tipitina's in New Orleans!
NRBQ friend David Sanborn kicks off Asian tour:
And results from the US Air Guitar Championships.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Long-suppressed civilian training films unearthed!
Most music fans are familiar with Rickenbacker guitars, especially the ones John Lennon played. What many do not know is that the small company originally built guitars for the playing of Hawaiian music.
Hapa Haole Fest swings into Waikiki
"Neo-hippies stoke festival fever"
Delbert McClinton sighting
A jazz vocalist from Wall Street?
And Britney Spears live!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Could be good-the two finalists for the US Little League World Series Championship are set. Last night Hawai'i got in, and tonight Lake Charles Louisiana joined them. The game is on Saturday afternoon.
A tasty review of the last show of this year's tour by Lyle Lovett and his 15 piece Large Band, which this time out was slightly enlarged by a couple of members of his opening act, Asleep at the Wheel!
Guitar's little brother
Profile of an interesting-sounding new band called Jazz 21
And another strange sounding musical act-Lounge Against the Machine?
A preview of the upcoming Joy of Jazz Festival in South Africa
And AT & T is now delivering streaming music performances
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
As Don Rickles used to say: "Hello, Dummy!"
"A bumbling inspector with the Transportation Safety Administration apparently has some explaining to do, after nine American Eagle regional jets were grounded at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday.
Citing sources within the aviation industry, ABC News reports an overzealous TSA employee attempted to gain access to the parked aircraft by climbing up the fuselage... reportedly using the Total Air Temperature (TAT) probes mounted to the planes' noses as handholds.
"The brilliant employees used an instrument located just below the cockpit window that is critical to the operation of the onboard computers," one pilot wrote on an American Eagle internet forum. "They decided this instrument, the TAT probe, would be adequate to use as a ladder."
"A founding member of long-running Virginia jam band the Dave Matthews Band has passed away, a rep for the band has revealed in a statement released to Access Hollywood. He was 46 years old."
Jack Harter Helicopters, which pioneered helicopter tours on Kaua'i 46 years ago, has a new toy. Click the post title to read all about it. The Harter website is below:
Saints go marching in in New Orleans
Speaking of that city, here's a profile of local songwriter and singer Marc Broussard:
Earl Scruggs and Steve Martin let it rip on "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"-keep an eye on their great guests!
RIP British guitarist Terry Wallace...
And finally, "Picture yourself in a class in the '60's"
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The second-highest mountain in New Hampshire, Mt. Adams, is harder to ascend than its higher neighbor. I still have a copy of the 1967 AMC "mountain book" which describes the Adams Slide Trail in scary detail.
Review of the 26th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Fest on Waikiki Beach. I listened to the live stream of this in 2007 and it was ono.
Click the post title for the entire review; click the link below for info on upcoming fests.
"A brush fire in a remote Kauai valley that started early Sunday morning continued to burn last night, closing a popular hiking trail and forcing about 35 people to be ferried out of the area by firefighters."
What's going on at legendary N'Orleans club Tipitina's:
A "guitar photocopier"
Planning a rock party for 2012
"Music Rising" in Canada:
And the Roots of America Festival in NYC turns 25:
Monday, August 18, 2008
South Dakota jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the top of the 4th, but Waipahu stormed back with 3 runs in the bottom of that inning. SD came back with 1 run in the top of the 5th, but Waipahu got 2 more runs in the bottom of the 5th. Keelen Obedaza hit a home run.
Click post title for the box score! The Hawaiian LL team is now 3-0 in the tourney.
Elvis fan displays his wares
Sighted: Andy Fairweather Low, former George Harrison pal:
The future of live music performance:
Another appreciation of the late Jerry Wexler-
And a look at a good cause-the House of Blues Foundation.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Hawaiian activists break into the Palace again, and try to chain their "king" to the throne. One small problem-they can't find the Throne Room!
UPDATE: Throne Room info.
A profile of Jamaica's Usain "Lightning" Bolt, the fastest man in the world. Lightning comes from the beautiful part of the island known as Trelawney Parish, which has produced many world-class track and fielders.
He's already won one Gold Medal in Beijing, and has a couple more races to run!
Noah and the Whale have trouble with their ukulele
Nashville hosts an exhibit of rock and roll photography:
Ole Miss is bequeathed a blues collection...
Philly jazz update:
And a new movie called "The Rocker" features...a naked drummer?
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The great Firesign Theatre tribute site "Chromium Switch" has some spanking new updates:
added links for Lodestone and Cafe Press
updated link for Scott Stewart (creator of "Switch" logo) who's published
a new Comic Book
added link for TFT Podcasting
added link for Ossman's books @ Open Library (removed link for Minds Ear)
Also, check out YouTube for some vintage Firesign videos
Click my post title to get to CS...
A battle over who has bragging rights to New York City's Governors Island.
Legally it's a part of Manhattan, but the water and sewer pipes come in from Brooklyn. "I did not know that!" (even though my family lived there for 3 years).
Booker T. Jones picks on the wrong guitar man:
A preview of next week's World Air Guitar Championships in Finland:
A post-Katrina New Orleans music guide-
Herbie Hancock on piano jazz
And a brief review of NRBQ's Terry Adams' birthday gig:
Friday, August 15, 2008
Following a pattern of intermittent activity occurring throughout 2008, the summit crater on Kilauea continued to release plumes of ash and volcanic gases on August 7.
As the MODIS on the Terra satellite passed overhead, it captured this natural-color image of the Hawaiian Islands and detected a “hotspot” at the Kilauea summit (marked in red).
Clouds occur over some of the island, and their brightness contrasts with the duller gray color of the plume from the volcano. The plume spreads southwest over the Pacific Ocean.
Click on the post title for a much larger version of this same picture.
A visit to Soulville USA
Bluesman Kenny Neal comes to New England
Sighted: former JB Horns trombone man Fred Wesley!
Tickets go on sale for "A Ride With Bob", a tribute to Bob Wills:
And a new pocket-sized book about guitars-
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Another appreciation of just-departed steel guitarist Don Helms. Stupid music, indeed!
"As a boy he was enamored of the music of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys, particularly steel guitarist Leon McAuliffe."
THE New Orleans Music Station, WWOZ, has a newly redesigned website. They will also be hitting the road for several weeks to do some live broadcasts, including live broadcasts from the political conventions in Colorado and Minnesota, as well as providing live music from jazz festivals in Detroit and San Diego.
(NRBQ website photo)
Happy 60th birthday to NRBQ's main man Terry Adams, shown here with his pal, Miss Betty White. He and his Rock and Roll Quartet will celebrate with a show tonight at the VFW Hall in Florence MA.
Another sighting of the Royal Hawaiian Band:
Also in Hawaii, Sammy Hagar opens a beach bar and grill on Maui
Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays the Tabernacle:
Back in Kailua, a rare sighting of the wife of The Man Who Shot Lennon. Chapman actually worked at Castle Hospital 2 blocks from where we lived on Ulupalakua Street, and earlier this week was denied parole (again).
And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open a New York Branch.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
One of the sadder chapters in the history of the 50th State was the isolation of patients with Hansens' Disease (aka leprosy) on Kalaupapa Peninisula on Molokai. Now, the state has apologized to those forcibly confined there.
Connecticut guitarist/producer and longtime NRBQ e-mail list comedy relief Jim Chapdelaine passes along this info about former 'Q guitarist Big Al Anderson:
" I have what I think ought to be some fun news for Big Al fans.
I think (I think) that Big Al will be doing a free show in Windsor (CT) as part of the Windsor 375th anniversary.
This will feature Big Al and the Balls. Chad Cromwell drums, Glenn Worf on bass, Reese Wynans on keys (the boy can play some organ!) Some skinny dork on guitars and vocals and of course, your host, the Amazing Big Al Anderson on soul.
Saturday. September 13th. Windsor. Free. What more could you ask for?
All in the musical family-Hugh Masekela's niece
Touring cool record stores
A review of the latest musical gumbo from The Radiators:
World Festival of Sacred Music next month:
And a treasure trove of old 78s have been digitized!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
(Tennessean File Photo)
"Mr. Helms was the last remaining member of Hank Williams' original Drifting Cowboys band, and he played integral parts on Williams classics, including "Cold, Cold Heart," "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)."
After Williams' 1953 death, Mr. Helms played on notable recordings such as Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight," Lefty Frizzell's "Long Black Veil" and Stonewall Jackson's "Waterloo."
"A U.S. Coast Guard cutter will embark on an Arctic voyage this week to determine the extent of the continental shelf north of Alaska and map the ocean floor, data that could be used for oil and natural gas exploration.
U.S. and University of New Hampshire scientists on the Coast Guard Cutter Healy will leave Barrow, Alaska, on Thursday on a three-week journey. They will create a three-dimensional map of the Arctic Ocean floor in a relatively unexplored area known as the Chukchi borderland."
Guitar Fest-an 8 year old blues whiz:
Some new folk music minstrels
The very first contract the Fab 4 signed is to be sold:
Speaking of Beatles, Ringo and his wife are living in LA:
Biography of Hawaiian music radio legend Webley Edwards in the works-
And what's happening in the Mali music scene:
Monday, August 11, 2008
On the left, the Russian heirloom "Black", and on the right, "Orange Blossom", which is allegedly similar to the "Pineapple" heirloom. The Black one was delicious, but I haven't had the other one yet.
From Channel 9, here is a picture taken in New Hampton of the washout on Winona Road
Volcanic ash stranded at least 5,000 travelers Sunday night and early Monday morning when a shift in the wind moved a giant ash plume into flight routes, causing Alaska Airlines to cancel 44 flights into and out of Alaska.
"The entire state is unflyable," Alaska Airlines staff told passengers at Seattle's airport Sunday, according to Chelsea Harms, an Anchorage woman who was booked on flight 111 to Anchorage.
Another look at "Layla's" new book:
And a new book about one of her ex's
An "unusual" musical act:
A fond memory of NY music club JB Scott's
Jazz music swings into China for the Olympics:
And an old spiritual tune may become the new city anthem for New Orleans...
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I first heard Isaac's masterpiece "Hot Buttered Soul" in the fall of 1969. "Soul music" was changed forever. The album only had 4 songs, and two of them were pop songs, namely "Walk On By" and "By The Time I Get to Phoenix", which ran for almost 19 minutes!
Click the post title for details of Isaac's passing, and below for info about HBS.
Click on the post title for a nice video of an ascent of Mt. Olomana, the mountain we lived at the base of for 3 years.
My brother and I tried climbing this 3 times, but never got to the top. We made it about as far as the one minute mark of this video, which includes these guys doing the infamous knife-edge traverse to the second and third peaks. Nice music, too!
Milwaukee honors guitarist Les Paul:
Music review: "Pineapple Express" soundtrack-
Returning to Forever in NYC:
R.I.P. to jazz drummer Lee Young-
"Hip" musicians discover the humble ukulele
And North Dakota gets the blues:
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Cowpie Blues Fest
Zak Starkey sighting
And also sighted-George Harrison's son Dhani!
How to tune your guitar by ear
A new aluminum guitar
And ukulele news from the State o' Maine
Friday, August 8, 2008
(from Weather Underground)
Saddle Hill is shown as the circle with crosshairs near Laconia right in the middle.
This is the killer storm that sat right over us Thursday night-it just barely skipped to my north, and I only got 0.40" of rain. 6 miles to my north, it was another story.
Ashland received 4 inches of rain in 35 minutes, and a 7 year old girl in an SUV was swept away by a flash flood and drowned at Ames Brook Campground, which is on the Ashland-New Hampton town line. Many Ashland residents were trapped in their houses.
This storm was only moving at a speed of 2 miles per hour, which explains the heavy rain.
Another "Hot Club" playing Django music:
A new Big Easy musical anthology-
Guitar greats offer instruction by computer
And a new musical in New Orleans features...Chinese monks?
Thursday, August 7, 2008
"A Hollywood film executive will visit Kaua'i to conduct a seminar that's designed to help anyone thinking of getting into the film industry or those who have been in the film industry for a while and would like to advance their careers."
(Your humble correspondent in front of my alma mater Maunawili School cafeteria in 2003)
"Food theft in Hawai'i public school cafeterias is not a problem, said Glenna Owens, director of the Department of Education's food service."
More on the musical recovery in New Orleans
Lynyrd Skynyrd starts a new tour
Hawaiian music scholarship open:
A look at legendary LA session band The Wrecking Crew:
And yet another music fest, this one in beautiful downtown Petaluma CA
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Now that his tour is over, Ringo has another gig:
My Mama Done Told Me...
Album review: the new CD from an interesting new country singer named Jamey Johnson
Randy Newman sighting:
Eddie Vedder hauls out his ukulele!
A new collection from Monterey Jazz Festival Records
And Sony Music buys out BMG:
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the blog and click on any of the picture links from the Mt. Washington Observatory RSS feed. They have added a batch from late July that are nothing short of spectacular.
“The water was murky green, but not putrid. I passed over a few jellyfish, so there’s obviously some life there”.
RIP Irish musician Speedy Moore:
The beauty of jazz
A look back at Blue Cheer
The Radiators rock the troops:
A sighting of Doors drummer John Densmore:
And a professor claims that Hurricane Katrina actually boosted New Orleans music
Monday, August 4, 2008
Apparently the rumours about "Let it Be" not being released on DVD were wrong?
Review of the final Ringo All-Starr Band show in LA:
New Orleans' Hot 8 Brass Band are a huge hit in Europe.
A review of this past weekend's Newport Folk Festival
And a look back at oldtime radio in Hawaii
Sunday, August 3, 2008
“They’re the thickest and gooiest of liquids and the most disordered and structureless of rigid solids,” said Peter Harrowell, a professor of chemistry at the University of Sydney in Australia, speaking of glasses, which can be formed from different raw materials. “They sit right at this really profound sort of puzzle.”
One of the more interesting members of my Mom's side of the family left us recently, Reverend Linn Creighton of New Jersey. Linn was Mom's first cousin, on her mother's side, as he was the son of her Mother's sister Clara Linn Creighton (the wittiest Linn there was, in my memory!).
Linn was born in 1917 in Wuchang, China, where Clara and her husband Roy were working at the time. Roy was an architect but also a missionary, and was interned by the Japanese for a couple of years during WW2. Young Linn eventually became a minister, and also married a lady minister named Lois. They inspired my brother Dan and I to have another "husband and wife minister team" at Mom's Memorial Service in June 2007. We wanted L & L, but obviously they couldn't do it.
For 50 years, Linn and Lois spent part of each summer at the picturesque Rockywold/Deephaven camp on Squam Lake here in New Hampshire. They couldn't make it up the past couple of years due to Linn's final illness (Alzheimer's) but Lois will be here later this month by herself. Linn had a sister who died when she was only a year old, and is survived by another sister, Phyllis, and a brother, Roger, who flew P-38s in the Aleutian Islands in World War 2.
Click on the post title for a look at the Creighton Collection at the Yale University Library. Fascinating stuff!
Here’s the complete Hippiefest setlist from Friday night:
Joey Molland’s Badfinger:
Come and Get It
Day After Day
No Matter What
Flo and Eddie and The Turtles
It Ain’t Me Babe
She’d Rather Be With Me
As You Said (Jack solo on guitar)
Sunshine of Your Love
Sittin’ On Top of The World
I Feel Free
We’re Going Wrong
Eric Burdon and The Animals (with original Animal Hilton Valentine on guitar)
When I Was Young
Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
Sky Pilot (wow)
It’s My Life
House of the Rising Sun
Paint it Black
"It is being reported that travelers are cutting back on spending. Well, we have shot ourselves in the foot trying to make Honolulu and Waikiki another expensive, generic resort town, bulldozing all the budget boutique hotels, chasing away the character-laden, Hawaiian-style, inexpensive restaurants and bars, and welcoming the same dagblasted eateries you can find in any city across America. What do tourists want? Hawaii, in a word."
America's youngest jazz band:
Capturing Hurricane Katrina in dance?
Speaking of N'Orelans, a new foundation will bring money to local musicians:
A blues fest in upstate New York
Newport Folk Festival preview-
Brooklyn hosts an African guitar festival:
And a guitar injures wrestler Honky Tonk Man in Nova Scotia!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
This story has a personal twist-on our 1976 "Kerouac" cross-sountry drive, Gumby and Robinson and I were to camp in this very canyon when we got to Colorado. Due to unforseen circumstances, we left a day later than planned. That day late probably saved our lives.
"FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A man believed to have died in the Big Thompson flood has been found living in Oklahoma.
Darrell Johnson, 63, didn't know he had been counted among the 144 people who died in the flash flood that swept down Big Thompson Canyon on July 31, 1976 until he was called by canyon resident Barb Anderson last year."
Another one of the regional craftsmen on display at this year's Lowell Folk Festival was Bob Fuller, who has been making these nice ship's wheels for decades. Click on the post title for more about Bob's work.
"Airbus's A380 superjumbo touched down at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday, marking the first commercial arrival of the giant, double-decker passenger plane on U.S. soil."
Sex Pistol John Lydon poops on Amy Winehouse
Australia's jazz legend, Mr. B.:
Album review: "Elvis in Concert"
Opera season in Hawaii...
Patti Boyd writes a tell-all book about Harri and Clapper:
And a Cirque de Soleil sighting.
Hippiefest 2008 report:
1. Jack Bruce did a legitimate "stupid music" tune (in other words, a song that Bob Wills covered), the classic old blues song "Sitting On Top of the World". Of course, he did it Willie Dixon style.
2. Great but too short-the shortest set lasted less than 20 minutes. The longest set lasted 45 minutes. Even then, the concert started on time and would have gone right up to to the 11 PM curfew if each act had only done two songs more apiece. The extra time was built-in to allow for stage sound equipment changes.
3. Ideal weather. It was actually cool, unusual for a "hot August night".
4. The Meadowbrook sound mix was impeccable, which was a good sign. They have a state of the art mixing and speaker system, which did the trick. There had been reports from earlier shows in the Hippiefest tour (some as recently as last week!) that some of the shows' sound mixes were terrible.
5. As was the case last year, there was an official "Hippiefest" house band that backed up a few of the groups. MVP last year and this year-leader and ace guitarist Godfrey Townsend, who faithfully re-created George's slide guitar on Badfinger's "Day After Day" and also dueled ably with Jack Bruce on the old Cream stuff.
6. New non-Hippiefest band member MVP-from Animals 2008, redhead bass player Paula O'Rourke! She nailed the intro to "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" to the wall.
7. Of course the premiere bass player in the house this night was Jack Bruce. His set was a religious experience.
8. Genial hosts Flo and Eddie were as always highly entertaining. They also did a 5 song set of their own, but sadly left out last year's Zappa tribute.
9. As I noted earlier, original Animals guitarist Hilton Valentine is along for the ride this time. When he started the guitar riff for "House of the Rising Sun", the other band members bowed down at his feet. Including Eric.
Friday, August 1, 2008
As of August 1st things are moving right along! Each of those windows will have the solid granite windowsills from the old Randall Hall, by the way. Nice touch.
As usual, a shameless plug-click on this post title to see my "old" Randall Hall blog.
Some friends and I will be at tonight's Meadowbrook show featuring Eric Burdon and the New Animals, Jack Bruce, Flo and Eddie and Joey Molland's "Badfinger", but here's a look at the show at the same venue Sunday night, a twin bill of Peter Frampton and Ian Anderson's little band...
Speaking of Eric Burdon, his band this time out features original Animals guitarist Hilton Valentine! Should be a great night out...
Vancouver's King of the Ukulele:
Trombones in New Orleans
A Cowsill sighting!
Rare Beatles tape to be auctioned:
Rare albums from Motown, Stax and Decca are now showing up on iTunes...
And a new documentary on Johnny Cash starts airing next week on PBS: