Musings on music, sports, life in general from Quincy, Illinois.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Took the 6-1 frosh to Ann Arbor for the end of her Blue Lake music tour. If you want a fascinating display of diverse humanity, have lunch downtown right by the campus and people-watch.
Let's just put it this way. I saw a Frank Zappa T-shirt, a guy with no shirt wander into traffic and almost get hit by a car and laugh it off, and enough interesting people to last a lifetime.
Gotta love college towns.
Off to the Lake Michigan beach later this morning ....
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Blues Fest started last night and the park has a much more open feel to it now.
Click here for more.
Quincy needs to keep using the park for all kinds of events. The next improvement should be putting a stage on the south-side gazebo.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Friday, July 17
5 p.m. — The Beat Daddys, www.beatdaddys.com
7 p.m. — Ben Bumbry & The Messengers
9 p.m. — Eric Sardinas, www.ericsardinas.com
Saturday, July 18
1 p.m. — Rich Berry, www.myspace.com/richberryblues
3 p.m. — Matt Morrell & BluesHandle, www.twonotes.net/blueshandle/index.htm
5 p.m. — Pike Station, www.myspace.com/pikestation
7 p.m. — Scottie Miller & the ReUptake Inhibitors, www.scottiemiller.com
9 p.m. Albert Castiglia, www.albertcastiglia.com
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
It was for a wedding rehearsal party. We lugged over a P.A. and set up inside, but everybody decided to sit outside by the lake as the evening wore on, so we simply unplugged and took our guitars sans sound system to the party, and hooted and hollered as a full moon rose and the guests got merrier and merrier.
The bride is English and her family and friends were hilarious. Near the end Rock A. Bye played "Rawhide" and our British guests sang right along in a decidedly Spinal Tap moment.
"Oh yes," the father of the bride said. "The Blues Brothers. We know every word!"
Heading to Springfield to work for Gus this weekend, so we'll take a couple of days off from posting.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
A friend had a free ticket to see Paramour and No Doubt. Not two of my favorite bands, but with row 30 and center section seats at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, I had nothing to lose.
No Doubt was amazing.
I am not a big fan of the band. I hate singer Gwen Stefani's solo girl power pop mush, too.
But I respect the fact they played their own instruments, had tight arrangements and a really cool stage, video and light presentation.
C'mon. If you don't like a sweaty Stefani bouncing around on a stage, you are not a red-blooded American male.
The whole band looked they were having a blast. I've only seen a few performers hold a crowd of 20,000 people in the palm of their hands, and Stefani was one of them.
Got in without delay, left during the last song and beat the crowd out of Earth City, home by 1 a.m.
It was a great night!