Thursday, April 17, 2008

REMINDER- Norm Kaye benefit show this Sunday


Please attend. And, buy your tickets early. Jerry and the guys will be performing, along with many other local artists.


2008 Jazz on the Lake Concert Series
FREE to the Public

Hosted by our friends Ric and Jackie Gould

Saturday Nights 7-10pm beginning May 3rd

MAY 14TH - 16TH: US VETS Stand Down shows

I've been asked to perform my Loggins/Fogelberg etc 12-string single schtick again at the Las Vegas Homeless Veterans' annual Stand Down next month. What is a "Stand Down"?
Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.

The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam veterans in San Diego. Since then, Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless veterans, reaching more than 200,000 veterans and their family members between 1994-2000.
One of the most rewarding things I've done in a long time. Last year I did the Vegas Stand Down and their July 4th picnic. They estimate that we have between 4,000 and 5,000 homeless veterans here in the Valley. US Vets does a great job helping them.

Any of my peeps wanna join in with me, it'd be very cool. Gonna do two lunchtime shows, from about noon to 2 pm on the 14th and 15th. About the most appreciative audience you'll ever encounter.


Our friends Phoenix opened in the main showroom at the Hilton last night. Tony Davich had called me with a heads-up, so Cheryl and I went to the show. These cats look and sound great (btw, they routinely gig in the Fever Showroom at SouthPoint, free show).

This is a fine venue (Cheryl and I saw Toto there after they got back touring together). A few pics, starting with the empty stage calm before the storm:

I shot all of these from my seat. Didn't want to get up and starting trapsing all around the room without prior assent from the earpiece Fifes.

These cats throw down a great rock show. Get out and see 'em.

After the show we did a quick back streets foray from the Hilton through Motel-Rooms-By-The-Hour / Bail Bonds / Lawyer Land over to The Ice House to see Ronnie Foster and his "Funk's Way" line-up (Petersons pal Howard Arthur now on guitar). A few shots there -- 'til my batteries flamed out; my backup set was still home in the charger. Consequently, I missed getting shots of Brad Cordle and Tim Scott sitting in during the late set.

Ronnie was crushin' it as usual. They have pretty decent stage lighting at the Ice House. Now, if they'd just aim the cans a little better for more even and thorough coverage. Howard was pretty much in the dark. Couldn't get a good fix on him. Next time, bro' (and I'll bring spare batteries, duh).

A fun evening.

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