Friday, May 15, 2009

May 15th weekend update

First, tomorrow night at midnight, Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns back in the lounge ("Bonkerz") at Palace Station. Another slammin' free show. Join us.

Also this weekend: tonight and tomorrow night, 10 pm, our Tony Davich appears at Red Rock with his great classic rock group Phoenix. Also a free show. Also tomorrow night at 7 pm, our astonishing little bro' Michael Grimm appears with his large ensemble at Green Valley Ranch. Free show in the Ovation Showroom.

Sunday night at the Bootlegger, 8:30 pm, our Dr. Lenny the Lopez appears with David Van Such and Enrique Corro. Also a free hang.


Save the dates. July 10th weekend. Spyro Gyra will be the headliner. It will be awesome. I'm goin' up with the cats, to do photos and sell CDs.


Only 44. Great athlete (former NBA Sacramento King) and musician. Our condolences to his family and many friends. Click here for some cuts on his MySpace page.


OK, ya really gotta just stop whatever you're doin' and order this CD, it is magnificent (I downloaded a copy from iTunes). 14 songs, 14 different artists.

Of particular interest to us, is the cut by our bro' Bill Champlin, "In The Stone." It runs 5:02 and is a total stomp-ass. Here's a minute of it I excerpted for y'all: the horn section ensemble piece in the middle. Wow.

From the CD website notes:
The album kicks off with an intense orchestral intro written by Malm that segues into "In The Stone". This powerful cover of the Earth, Wind & Fire classic is respectful to the original yet presents new, exciting elements. The legendary Bill Champlin's unmistakable voice adds some soul to this funky jam while being supported by the smoking Danish All Star Horns and a rhythm section including John "JR" Robinson on drums, Nathan East on bass and Paul Jackson Jr. on guitar. "JR", the man behind countless Foster and Quincy Jones productions, is the rhythmic force behind several tracks on the album, joined by some of the best bass players in the biz including East, Abe Laboriel and Neil Stubenhaus.

Here's Bill's email response to me after I raved to him about it:
Bobby, I gotta' hand most of the credit for that one to the guys who arranged it, who also put bkg vocals on it, in addition to mine. I know that 2 players were John Robinson, drums and Paul Jackson, Jr., guitar. That's almost all there was, plus Rhodes, when I did the lead vocal. I was just as knocked out as you. I love some of the bkgs and the horns speak for themselves. Anyway, thanks for the note. See ya', be good, Bill.
Not kidding. The Champlin tune alone is worth the price of the entire CD. But, the rest of it is dazzling as well. By the time I finished listening to all of it, I just felt so good!



The 2nd Annual Fundraiser Concert will be held on Sunday, May 17th at 6 p.m. in the main showroom of the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. This event is designed to raise money for the Children’s Heart Foundation of Nevada, which will benefit existing programs including Camp Mend-a-Heart, Smart Heart Scholarships, Family Outreach and more.

The concert features musical memories and video highlights of the great Bobby Darin. Hear original Darin arrangements recreated by Bobby’s band members and other talented performers. The show is produced by Bobby’s former bass player, Bill McCubbin. This year, “Billy Mac” brings Bobby’s musicians, T.K. Kellman and Tommy Amato to the stage along with The Fat City Horns, the outstanding brass section of one of Las Vegas’ favorite bands, Santa Fe. The horns are heralded for their ongoing performances in the Bette Midler Show.


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