Tuesday, September 29, 2009

September 28th gig at The Palms

Just another slammin' night at the office...

Regrettably, our bro' Marco Mendoza couldn't make it. But, Michito Sanchez, Chiqui Garcia, and Michael Cavanaugh all sat in, and the band was just nukin' every note in general all night long. Man, the energy level...and, Rochon took one of those bass rides. 'Like, is that even possible?'

Incremental posting in progress, got about 100 shots to review and triage...

I had an OK night behind the lense. Really just wanted to sit and listen, though.

Nice set list, which included some legacy tunes: Munequita, Oh, Nena, Come Back Home -- along with several cuts from the upcoming CD: What'cha Gonna Do With That Greazy Thing, Indian Summer Day, Mind Over Matter. And then there was Nathan's awesome Come With Me from the 2nd CD. Covers included Michael Ruff's Wishing Well, Jamie frying Stevie Wonder's Higher Gound, and Tony and Tyriq throwin' it down on Soul Trilogy.

One thundering show tonight.

Above, on the right, apparently mesmerized by Jerry Lopez, Cyndy Kolstad, loving and courageous wife of my ailing bro' Kurt Kolstad, with her posse. She got treated to some badly need R&R in Vegas this weekend. I only wish Kurt could have been here. Maybe soon. I told him "bro', the doc gives you a green light to travel, I'm buyin' your airplane ticket immediately."

Below, Howard and Veronica. Howard graciously stepped in to fill for Lorraine at the Fat City Superstore. Thanks, Howard.

OK, before I crash...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Elisa Furr and Konrad Broock at the Bootlegger

OK, this was utterly top shelf. I was not hip to Konrad Broock before. Wow. Serious talent. Elisa Furr is my friend (and another mind-bending talent). The two of them were as fine as can be. They did Bocelli's "The Prayer" together and knocked it into the next time zone. Not kidding. They copped a well-deserved standing-O.

Nice way to cap off my week. See y'all tomorrow night at The Palms. Solid rumor is that our bro' Marco Mendoza will again be sitting in.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Something new...

Some these will be obvious to many of you, others will not. You guess to whom they refer. Post your thoughts in the comments section. Here's another for now...


Met this cat at The Bootlegger a couple of weeks ago. He covers a lot of local jazz action, and gave us props recently, so I must reciprocate. www.evandavisjazz.com


While the music played you worked by candlelight

Those san francisco nights
You were the best in town
Just by chance you crossed the diamond with the pearl
You turned it on the world
Thats when you turned the world around
Did you feel like jesus
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes

On the hill the stuff was laced with kerosene
But yours was kitchen clean
Everyone stopped to stare at your technicolor motor home
Every a-frame had your number on the wall
You must have had it all
Youd go to l.a. on a dare
And youd go it alone
Could you live forever
Could you see the day
Could you feel your whole world fall apart and fade away
Get along, get along kid charlemagne
Get along kid charlemagne

Now your patrons have all left you in the red
Your low rent friends are dead
This life can be very strange
All those dayglow freaks who used to paint the face
Theyve joined the human race
Some things will never change
Son you were mistaken
You are obsolete
Look at all the white men on the street
Clean this mess up else well all end up in jail
Those test tubes and the scale
Just get them all out of here
Is there gas in the car
Yes, theres gas in the car
I think the people down the hall
Know who you are

Careful what you carry
cause the man is wise
You are still an outlaw in their eyes




Also, hmmm...I notice in the news today that exiled film director Roman Polanksi was just collared in Switzerland on a U.S. warrant for his 70's Hollywood pedo beef
. Maybe they can extradite him to the Body English club here -- remand his ass to "Sunday School," where "Ladies dressed in schoolgirl outfits drink complementary champagne."


So, after hangin' with Ma, I ambled over to The Rhythm Kitchen again last night to see my bro's in the Cordle-Scott Band. Well, the lighting is the same as last week, i.e. weak. In fact, the only shots I took were aimed at one of the many widescreen HD TVs adorning the walls -- upon which was a ZZ Top concert in progress. The sound was turned off (obviously), and, episodically the visuals would seem to sync up with what Brad and the cats were playing, LOL.

Of course, I would fully expect the irony to be totally lost on anyone but me. Totally badass blues concert ensuing on the TV, angelically lit up. Totally badass blues band concomitantly in the house, playing pretty much in the dark.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sept 24th updates

First of all, our friend Rachel Eckroth has recently had a website re-design, and it's very hip, www.racheleckroth.com. You can hear Rachel on my latest "Friends of Santa Fe" podcast (Volume 6). Also, check out the samples from her new CD over at CD Baby, and buy her new work.

Yeah, very cool...

Tonight, at Green Valley Ranch, 9 pm, free show, the Lon Bronson All Stars in the Ovation showroom. Tyriq will be performing with them. According to Lon, "Tyriq Johnson is our featured guest Artiste this Thursday, September 24th at GVR from 9pm-11pm. No one does justice to E,W & Fire like this man."


Very cool. The Rhythm Kitchen is located at South Decatur & Sunset, just north off the 215 exit.


Took my Ma out for a ride Sunday in the minivan I bought to ferry her around for episodic respite from the nursing home.

It did not go particularly well. I can get her in and out OK using the portable ramp, but I'm gonna have to install a secure wheelchair seatbelt lockdown harness for her, so she never has to transfer outa the wheelchair. I had to get staff help to get her back into the wheelchair when I took her back to the facility.

She is not doin' well. Very sad to see. Been in that nursing home two years now (April and I brought her out here in July 2007, and it's been slowly downhill ever since). Imagine my internal conflict.


Some of you know that I've been researching and writing extensively (and skeptically) about "health care reform" lately (4 posts total on the topic).

Funny stuff, bro'.

OK, an email from my pal Robert Conti:
Outrageous clip on the blog from Paul Hipp.

Trivia for you:

Paul Hipp, Andreas Oberg and I are all very good friends!

Andreas Oberg is the guy with the guitar @1:12 In 2007, he made it a point to track me down at NAMM. He immediately became my "adopted" son from Sweden, visits me here frequently in Las Vegas and we always hang at NAMM. I would do anything in my power that's necessary to help him and advance his career. At just 30 years old, he is one of the very best alive today, the very real deal!! When you have time to hear authentic Django, let me know I will turn you on to his stuff. If I recall, Mundo went to see Andreas in the UK a few years ago.

The attached picture was taken at the 2008 NAMM Expo. L To R: Andreas Oberg, Robert Conti, Paul Hipp, Robert Cerceo Esq.

- Conti

Yikes! 12-bar blues on steroids. Yeah, you can readily see why he and Conti are friends.



First, just stood at the bar and shot Tony Davich in the TV monitor, LOL.




I got home from Keenan's football game to find a phone message from Lenny Lopez. He's gigging this weekend at Brendan's Pub in the Orleans, with Enrique Corro and David Van Such. I may have to jump over there.

11:25 pm, A few shots from Brendan's Pub...

They'll be appearing again tomorrow night. Sounded great.