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Hammys (GMB) / Countryview (RB)

GMB at Hammys on Friday with the “standard lineup”. Drummer, Steve Dougherty, has been touring / vacationing for a while and it was nice to have him back. It was a good crowd and good night. Curtis “Chainsaw” again recorded the show so we’ll see show that turns out. The odd thing was breaking a string in the last set. The last time I remember doing that was in my teens and before Rainbow Bridge! I’ve been using a different brand of strings that are designed to last longer, and they do. But it seems they’ll break before they sound bad! I brought 2 guitars so I just grabbed the other one. Dawn Richter was celebrating a birthday, so she and Bob stopped out.

Rainbow Bridge was back at the Countryview on Saturday. Bob has recently purchased a larger PA system and tried out a “portion” of it Saturday night. He moved from drum sets to PA equipment! Bob has been looking for a van to haul the new PA and some of his Craigslist stories of outdated pictures, spray paint and duct tape were quite entertaining. Although, it sounded a lot like the cars I’ve driven!
We had a great crowd with a lot of dancers and thanks to all who stopped out. Lucas Brookins sat-in on drums for a few.

Sunday was, of course, Mother’s Day and dad’s 83 birthday. The band was off so after talking to dad and visiting mom’s site, I headed back to spend the day with Holly.

Busy weekend coming up starting with Friday at the Moose Club.
On Saturday, we’re playing at the Watering Hole for Doug Brookin’s birthday party. Cyndi (solo) and Doug’s friends from Nashville, Stone Silo, are also playing.
Stone Silo is playing Friday at the Willowdale and I see the plan is to head out there after the Moose Club.
Rainbow Bridge will be at Hammys on Sunday from 3 – 7.

I’d also like to say congrats to son, Corey Arnold, who’s graduating welding school and already has a good job waiting.
So proud and happy for him.

Stop out this weekend and say hello!



Lucy’s / GMB @ Boxcars

No Friday gig this past week. This works out for me as I almost always take a few vacation hours on Friday to get to a gig. Holly and I went out for a fish fry at our favorite mom-and-pop restaurant.

Saturday had us back at Lucy’s Hideaway with a good crowd. A little bit of rain loading in, which is never fun. It looked like a few birthday parties as again, the place was full and there were kids running around with balloons. We used our smaller set-up this time and it sounded fine. It seems Bob has purchased a larger PA system and now needs a way to haul it. I guess we’ll see. Lucas Brookins was out and played a few. Gotta say that I got called out on my “older crowd” comment on the Countryview post. “Who are you calling old?” I was thinking it was in fun so I laughed about it, but then started wondering if it was serious! We want to say happy birthday to Gloria Dutcher, who has been following the band a long time. Thanks for stopping out and celebrating with us.

A bit of a scare setting up at Boxcars on Sunday with the Gary McAdams Band. I could not find my effects pedal case, even after searching the room and my car a couple of times. Panic was setting in when I heard Gary say, “Does it look like this?” Seems I left it in the parking lot at Lucy’s packing up Saturday. The band knew what happened and told Gary to “get some mileage out of it”. It was a fun afternoon with Tim Pogorelski on drums. Junior Moore, Brian Hughes and Blake Wheaton were all out and sat-in for few. I headed home afterwards.

The band is completely off this coming weekend; no GMB or side-jobs for me.

GMB is at Hammys on Friday the 12th and RB is back at the Countryview on Saturday.
Hopefully, we’ll get some new songs in soon. Plenty of time to practice this week!



I’m Back! / Moose / Countryview / Hammys / Moonlighting

Haven’t written in a while but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! Since the last RB gig there have been a few Gary McAdams Band gigs, did two gigs with the “Outlaw Legends” and a Hammys gig with the Tommy Larson Band.

The biggest news over the past weeks is Gary losing his voice after a Friday combo gig at Merrill & Houston’s. We played 4-piece the next night. Last Friday at the Moose, Gary brought in Jerry Dabson to help out with the vocals. Although, Gary was doing better and sang a handful of songs. Cyndi had a solo gig that night which left me as the basically the only solo instrument – challenging, but a lot of fun. Although, I did wind up trading a few leads with Jerry, who plays a straight-ahead melody style; an art in itself.

My two gigs as an Outlaw Legend were a 3-piece group, which I really enjoy. Both gigs; Lake Church Pub & Grill and the Plymouth Tap, went well. The biggest worry was the voice holding out as Pete (bass) and I did all the vocals and harmony. We should have some other dates when RB is off again. It’s mostly 70’ – 80’s country with some classic rock thrown in. Another “no practice” group as I was given a song list and did all my own homework.

Same situation with the Tommy Larson Band – song list and just show up. Russ Doiel was on drums and Tony Wisniewski, who I just met, was on bass. The group sounded really good and I had a fun time.

RB was back at the Moose on Friday and had a great night. Gary was pretty much back to full voice, but was careful just the same. Gotta say that it felt good to play with the band again.
It’s fun to play with other musicians, but it also makes me appreciate the players in the band. There’s no real substitute for years of practice and playing together.

We were at the Countryview on Saturday and had a good night. Jazz guitarist, Cliff Frederiksen, was out for a while and I had a chance to chat with him. Cliff is great player, and someone I truly respect. I’m glad we’ve become friends over the years. Gary left his capo there the last time we played, and they saved it for him! Lucas Brookins sat-in on drums for a few. We kept it more on the “light side” on Saturday as it was an older crowd. I was reminded that we’re “older” and are becoming more appealing to that age group! Circle of life I guess.

We finished off the weekend on Sunday inside at Hammys to another good crowd. Beautiful day and a lot of people on the patio, but still a great day. Thanks to all who stopped out this weekend.

Cyndi is solo this Thursday at Conroy’s Pub & Grub.
RB is back at Lucy’s Hideaway on Saturday night.
The Gary McAdams Band is at Boxcar’s on Sunday afternoon with Tim Pogorelski on drums.

On another note, I see that this is the 10 year mark for this blog as the archive goes back to April 2007. Thanks to all (or anybody!) that actually reads this stuff!

Stop out this weekend and say hello!



Hammys jam / Countryview

No gig on Friday. I took the day off as Holly and I attended an afternoon funeral. We also spent some time house re-organizing and got a lot done. I received a call Friday afternoon to play the Saturday Hammys jam, but I didn’t have my phone with me and heard the message late Friday night. I called back, but figured they had found someone by then. I was surprised to get a call early Saturday morning asking me to play. The band was Phil Trumpy, “Chainsaw” Curtis, Sully and myself. We had a few jammers, including Gary. There’s a video on Facebook of “Tennessee Whiskey”. We played from 2 – 6 and I packed up right away to get to the Countryview for the Rainbow Bridge gig.

We had another good night at the Countryview and thanks to all who stopped out. I’ll say again that this place has really picked up with the new owners. Lucas Brookins was out and sat-in on drums. No Sunday gig so I headed back to West Allis afterward.

Cyndi is solo at the Red Zone this Thursday from 6 – 9.
I’ll be playing with the Gary McAdams Combo along with Pete Olig and Pat Betts at Merrill & Houston’s from 7 – 10. This will be a challenge as I’ll be the only lead instrument!
Rainbow Bridge returns to Taasbag on Saturday starting at 8:30.
I’ll be playing the Lucky Chance jam in West Allis on Monday for the last time as the club is suspending the jam for now. It happens.

A big congrats to Bob Hamann for winning the President’s Club Award for his engineering work at WCLO/ WJVL!

Stop out this weekend and say hello!



Moose Club / Hammys / Dundee Roadhouse

Busy weekend for the band. We started on Friday at the Moose Club. It seemed a little slow at first, but soon filled to a full-house. We played our usual standards and had a good night. Jerry Dabson rode with Gary and Jerry got up and did a few with us.

The Women of the Moose booked us on Saturday for a “Prom Night” which allowed us to leave our equipment set up – can’t beat that! Sad to say that Saturday night was not very busy. Personally, I feel the $10.00 cover charge was too much but that’s just my .02. We appreciate and thank all who stopped out. There are a few pictures and videos on Facebook.

We made up for it with a totally packed Hammys on Sunday afternoon. Cyndi revived “When Will I Be Loved” and it got a great response. We’ll probably play it more often!

I had an equipment ordeal this weekend with the reverb not working on my amp at the Moose and the volume knob sticking on my Les Paul. I played my Epiphone all weekend. Turns out the guitar just needed a good cleaning and I used it Monday. The amp has been fixed as of today.

I was a 4-nighter for me as I was the host guitarist at the Dundee Roadhouse jam on Monday. We had a good night with quite a few jammers, but it was a little late when I got home!
The 3-piece host band I played with (The Outlaw Legends) has a couple of dates in April as the band is off. And speaking of moonlighting – Cyndi has been quite busy doing solo gigs on Thursdays. Doug Brookins is quite the booking agent!

Cyndi is playing this Thursday at the Treehouse from 6 – 9.

Rainbow Bridge is back at the Countryview this Saturday from 8 – 12.

On a sad note: Chuck Berry passed away this week. He was one of my first guitar idols and I spent a lot of time listening and learning to play like him. “Johnny B. Goode” is a must-know for any electric guitarist! Always sad when a legend is gone.

Stop out this weekend and say hello!



GMB gigs / Barkleys

Holly and I made it to Bob’s birthday bash at the Prime Quarter last Saturday as the band was off. Good group and a good time. The only suspicious thing is that a handful of people including Holly, Cyndi, Bryan and Bob all got sick afterwards. Very strange.

The Gary McAdams Band played the following Sunday with Pat Betts on drums. Curtis “Chainsaw” from the Blues Creepers did a live recording of the band. I’m curious to how it turned out.
Just FYI – We’ve had a few weekends with a GMB gig but no Rainbow Bridge gigs, so sometimes I don’t do a post on those.

The Gary McAdams Band played this past Friday at Hammys and had a good night. This was the regular line-up.

Rainbow Bridge played at Barkleys on Saturday, which is the former “Spirits” bar on the south side. We had a great crowd and hope to play there on a regular basis. My fear was that it was going to be total “younger bar” and we wouldn’t quite fit, but it was a good mix of ages and we went over well. Thanks to Bob and Dawn for scoping the place out and setting the PA up early. Matt also set up early as he played guitar at an afternoon gig with Cary Farmer at the Willowdale. A mutual friend, Billy Barnes, was at the Willowdale gig and told me later at Barkleys, ”Wow, Matt can really play the guitar!” I think people sometimes forget that Matt was the other guitarist in the band for many years. He took over on bass when the band needed a bass player and since has made his mark as a bass player. He still plays his guitar at home. Matt and I have “switched guitars” on stage a few times at gigs just to show his skills – probably should do that more often! Also, our two new songs are going over well. No gig on Sunday, so I drove home afterwards.

RB has 2 nights at the Moose Club coming up this weekend and finish on Sunday at Hammys. Friday is a regular Moose dance night and Saturday might be a private party – I’ll have to check.

It’ll be 4 nights for me as I’m hosting a Monday night jam up in Dundee. We’re calling the trio “The Outlaw Legends” and I have a few more fill-in dates with this group. We’re not going to practice, but I’ve been learning songs and am looking forward to the challenge of playing trio.

Stop out this weekend and say hello!



Moose / Lucy’s / Hammys / New Songs

3 gigs for the band this weekend plus a Saturday practice. It was really busy for Cyndi, who played solo at the Red Zone on Thursday. We started at the Moose on Friday and had a good turnout. Last weekend at Countryview, we had a request for “Country Roads”. Gary knew the words and we pulled it off. We played it again at the Moose, so I guess we learned a new song!

We practiced Saturday afternoon and brought back “Your Love” by the Outfield and “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Steeler’s Wheel. Cyndi sings both of the songs, and they went over well both Saturday and Sunday. On the jokester side: Bob has said in the past that he would never play in a band with “clamp on” floodlights. I happen to own two and set them up to shine on his drums at practice. He didn’t notice them until I turned them on – the facial expression was priceless. We played at Lucy’s that night and had a good crowd. Bob had another incident when the band banner tape let go and the band sign fell on Bob’s head. You can see a picture on Facebook, and I guess we need stronger tape! Lucas Brookins was celebrating a birthday and sat-in for a few.

We finished off at Hammys on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and had a great crowd. I’ve been told it got a little loud which we feel bad about. It is a small room and we played some high-energy songs which are going to be louder. Gary always takes a listen out front when he’s not singing, and we ask people on break, especially musicians, if everything is balanced. It’s something we care about and don’t mind being told if it’s getting out of hand. But again, all said, it was a great crowd and a fun afternoon. Thanks to all who stopped out this weekend.

The band is off again this weekend, although the Gary McAdams Band is at Boxcars on Sunday afternoon with Tim Pogorelski on drums. This is the “reschedule” for the Sunday that was cancelled recently.

Bob has birthday coming up on March 2nd. Maybe we’ll get him some tape, floodlights, or a helmet!

Stop out Sunday at Boxcars for the GMB and we’ll see you there.



Birthday / Jazz Gig / Hammys w/Shawna

Well the big 6-0 is here – first member of the band in the next generation. No gig on birthday Friday so Holly and I went out that night to our favorite pizza place. I had lunch with my coworkers earlier so it was a good day for food!

I played a real jazz gig at a private residence on Saturday that was a lot of fun – challenging, but fun. There were four other players and I met three of them at the gig! It was a night of reading charts and jazz soloing which brought back all my conservatory training.

My step-son, Chris, gave me 4 scratch offs on Friday and 3 of them were winners! I had been looking at a guitar amp and took the winnings as a sign that it was meant to be. I picked it up Saturday afternoon and used it both that night and Sunday.

Cyndi played a duo with Craig Curtis (from Nashville) at Off the Hook so I was not the only one moonlighting this weekend.

Matt is still not feeling well so Shawna Moore Schultz played with us at Hammys on Sunday afternoon. It was advertised as Rainbow Bridge but it looked like the Gary McAdams Band with Bob! We played as many RB songs as possible and had a great afternoon. Thanks to all that stopped out and for the birthday wishes too!

We’re off again this weekend, although the Gary McAdams Band is playing Sunday afternoon at Boundaries from 3 – 7.
I’ll be co-hosting the Lucky Chance jam in West Allis next Monday night.

Again, thanks for all the birthday wishes and we hope Matt is back next time.



New Year’s Eve / Moose Club / Drunken Monkey

New Year’s Eve at the Moose Club was a good night. We usually play 7 – 10 on Fridays, so playing till 12:30 seemed a little late for us. I remember many a New Year’s playing 9 – 2 as the bars can stay open later. Not much to say other than it was a cold night, but we had a good crowd. I’ve been told they’ve already booked us for next year. Thanks to all who stopped out and brought in 2017 with us.

Since Rainbow Bridge was playing back at the Moose the next Friday, we left most of our equipment there. I had a jam-hosting gig in Milwaukee on Monday so I packed up and headed back after we were finished.

It was another cold night on Friday and we had just played New Year’s, so we weren’t expecting much of a crowd back at the Moose on Friday, but I was wrong! We had a great night and made an effort to play some different songs to try to keep things fresh.

Our first Drunken Monkey gig of the year on Saturday also went well. We thought the cold and being right after the holiday would keep people in, but again we were wrong. We had one of the better nights we’ve had in a long time. Dawn Richter posted a couple of videos on Facebook. Speaking of Dawn – she cut a couple of fingers in a knife-blade kitchen accident and required stitches. You can see pictures on her Facebook page.

We were scheduled to play Hammys on Sunday but the Packer wild-card game bumped us out. Tommy Larson was scheduled at Hammys next Sunday and asked Matt, Bob, and I to play but those darn Packers won and bumped out another gig!

According to the website, the Gary McAdams Band is playing this Friday at Hammys from 8 – 12 and Rainbow Bridge is back at the Countryview on Saturday also 8 -12.

Gary informed us that drummer and owner of Sound Garden Studios, Kenny Koeppler, had a heart attack recently. Gary recorded his CD there and I’ve jammed with Kenny a number of times. We hope he has a full recovery.

Stop out this weekend and say hello!



Hammys on Sunday / Off until New Year’s Eve

No Friday gig and the Drunken Monkey cancelled Saturday night, which left us with Hammys on Sunday. It was a cold afternoon but we had a pretty good crowd. A lot of people were there to watch the Packer game. We started after it was over, of course! While getting ready at home, I was thinking about what guitar to play and I thought about Paul’s guitar, but decided on my Les Paul. I turned around in the basement and hit my head on a low spot on the ceiling (which I’ve done before) and took it as a sign – to play Paul’s guitar, which I did. Yes, sometimes I need a hit in the head to understand things. Dawn put a couple videos on Facebook. It felt good to play again and we had a responsive crowd but it was a long drive home!

Holly had a birthday on Friday and we decided to go for a birthday lunch due to the snow that was coming that night. Holly, Erin, Erin’s mom, and I had a good time and I headed back to work afterwards.

The band is off now until New Year’s at the Moose Club.

I have a gig with the “Mary Jane Gang” in Sturgeon Bay on the 23rd. I might have passed this up if I had looked at a map first! The bass player and I are riding together so it might not be so bad. I also be hosting the Lucky Chance jam in West Allis the first Monday of the month. The 1st one was good, but we’ll see how this pans out.

We hope everyone has a good Christmas and New Year. We’ll see you in 2017!




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