Saturday, July 22, 2006

Reminder: no gig at the Palms this Monday night

Jerry Lopez is doing the Jimmy Kimmel Show this week in L. A., so The Lounge will be dark Monday night.
But, don't forget, the band will be back with a vengeance on the 31st, with the Marco Mendoza TRIO as featured guest artists. Be sure to spread word, it's gonna be excellent.

I went to Brendan's Pub in the Orleans last night to see the Cordle-Scott band (front line below: John March on guitar, Brad Cordle on vocals, Tim Scott on bass). Room was slow, which is a drag, 'cuz these cats are fine, fine players. They'll be back quite a bit through the end of the year (see Tim's web calendar). Check 'em out. Brad Cordle is a monster blues singer. Man! What a voice.


I dropped by The Artisan last night to see Ronnie and the guys. Well, Gabriel is out of town, so Ronnie called Joel Richman on short notice (below) to sub on drums. Great choice. Joel fit right in seamlessly, just like he'd been gigging with them all along. Cat really plays fine. They fried the first set, to major cheering. Michito Sanchez again sat in on percussion, too. Great night. The joint was packed.

Joel, along with the esteemed Tommy Alvarado, hosts the Sunday night jazz jam at The Hurricane, where you can routinely see and hear a stage full of A-list players. New cats in town: this is the place to go to meet & greet and show your chops. Speaking of fairly new players in town, last night while at The Artisan I met and hung with drummer and vocalist Ron Crews, who came to Vegas after a long show stint in Orlando. Great to meet you, Ron.

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