Archive for September, 2011

Band Practice / Castaway Jam

A last minute cancellation left us with a Saturday night off. But instead of writing it off, we got together with Gary for a practice. We tightened up a few vocal harmonies, went over arrangements of a couple of Gary’s songs, and decided on some new songs for next practice. All said, it was very productive and time well spent. We’re planning on getting together again before next Saturday at Bazingas. Hopefully, we’ll be adding some new tunes. I thought about going out afterwards, but wound up chatting with Dad and Matt for a while. By then it was too late and I was playing earlier the next morning.
A noon start at Castaways due to the Packer game. We’ve been cancelled in the past when it was a 3:15 game. It started slow but picked up steadily until game time. Thanks to Nina, Bonnie, Earl, Kami, Bob Flaskamp, Junior Moore, Billy and Cathy for stopping out. Jammers: Billy Barnes, Cathy, who sang “Desperado”, Crud, and Matt, who played guitar and bass. It turned out to be a good time and I was glad for the chance to play.
Next Wednesday has Cyndi & the Sensations returning to Cafe Belwah in Beloit from 6 – 10. Rainbow Bridge has a debut at Bazingas on Saturday from 9 – 1. Should be a fun night and we’re hoping for support on the new lineup.
Mr. Moustache is gone as Matt showed up clean-shaven, but sporting a new hair color. The things that happen when your daughter is a beautician…
Stop out to Cafe Belwah and Bazingas and we’ll see you there!

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Jason Says Goodbye / Hammy’s Jam / Mr. Moustache

I’ll start by saying the weekend went out with bang for Jason’s last night with the band. I think word was out as we had one of our best nights ever and people wanted to see him one more time.
Jason’s son, Jackson, had a dangerous rise in temperature Friday night after his antibiotic treatment. Jason had to leave for Madison, so Cyndi gave Gary McAdams a call, who filled in Friday night. This worked out well as I had a cold, and the voice would not have made it through the night. Good thing Gary was available.
Saturday afternoon was a flip-flop of Friday as I filled in with the Gary McAdams band (jam) at Hammys. It was a fun afternoon and I thought the band sounded good. Steve Doiel’s brother, Russ, was on drums and I had never played with him before. After Hammy’s, I drove back to Milton to drop the PA off, and then headed right back to Hammys to hear Frank & Co. Midway through the 1st set, it was time to say goodbye and head over to Tremors.
I was happy to hear Jason was going to be there Saturday as I wanted to hear the band again too. Jason has now been the longest running male front singer of the band. Kurt Wheeler was with us 5 years, and Cary Farmer about 4. Other longer running members would be Kath Johnson and Rick Mattelig. Gary will be starting with us in October, and we hope to be adding/changing our set list accordingly.
The other news was Matt showing up Friday night sporting a moustache. We made a few Jeff Foxworthy “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader” comments and had some fun with it. Tim did the talking moustache routine with his smart phone (like the Geico commercial) during a break, which cracked me up. I had moustache for almost 10 years (in the ’70s) when the Burt Reynolds “Smokey and the Bandit” look was the style. But again, we’re talking the ’70s. All said, Saturday was a great night and a good send-off for Jason. There were some emotional goodbyes afterwards and we wish him well.
I’d also like to thank Bob for getting my home computer back to working order. Holly recently got a lap-top and the plan was for this to be just hers. I did check emails and Facebook on it, but really wanted to have the old system back again and Bob made that happen. Maybe someday I’ll re-string his guitar…
We’re at a wedding this weekend, again with the Fab 4, and I’ll be at the Castaway jam (Indianford) on Sunday with Cary Farmer. We’ll be starting at noon and playing till game time. Stop out and we’ll see you there.

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Fab 4 Strikes Again / Castaway Jam

First time at Hammys for the band. I didn’t know until we arrived that this was a 4-piece job. But it went well and we had a good time. I was glad the start time was changed to 7:00 instead of 6:00 as that meant not using as much vacation time from work.

 Saturday afternoon was a benefit at Wiggies for Lexie Seaver, and again a 4-piece job. It was good turnout and another good time. Tim Pogorelski sang and played a few with us. I really enjoyed the whole day. There were drawings after we were finished, so we tore down everything except the PA and hung out until everything was finished. This left us with us Saturday night on the town, so we headed out to Bazingas to hear Knee Deep. It was my first time in the bar and I had a chance to say hi to owner Brian Hughes. We stayed about a set and a half, and then headed over to Tremors to hear UR Mom. A younger rock band, a little on the loud side, but they sounded good and had a good crowd. It was just nice to be out and be able to say hello to friends.

 Sunday was the Castaway jam with Cyndi and another nice time. Thanks to jammers: Paul Roberts, Kaj Anderson, Dusty Schindler, Gary McAdams, Dan Whitt, Cary and Crud, Matt and Corey Arnold. Junior Moore was out but left before we could get him up. Cary Farmer was recently given a Jack Daniels guitar, identical to mine, and we played a set together with our matching guitars. It was also nice to see Scotty (bass) and Kirk (drums) again. I enjoy playing with both of them.

 Next weekend at Tremors will be the last for Jason, so stop out and wish him well. Again, it’s a business move for him, and no hard feelings. We appreciate his 7 years with the band and have no complaints. It’s just life that things change and we’re looking forward to developing the band with Gary McAdams. Gary has quite a vocal range and we’re excited about the material that is possible.

 On another note, my home computer is fried and Bob is taking a look at it. I doubt it’s fixable, but we’ll see.

 Also, Holly started a full-time job and is excited about working, although there’s not much to do right now and the time passes slowly. But getting paid these days is a good thing. Hopefully, there will be more for her to do down the road. The job meant new clothes shopping and something tells me that was okay.

 Again, stop out to Tremors to see Jason on his last weekend. We’ll see you there.

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Labor Day Weekend / Gary McAdams

Busy week and it’s almost Friday. Well, if you haven’t heard, Gary McAdams agreed to join the band. Gary has been filling in for Jason when needed and already knows most of the songs. Now it’s time to get to work and expand our set list with more Gary songs. Jason’s last job will be Saturday night (17th) at Tremors. We wish him well and thank him for 7 years with the band.
Friday was a little slow at Wiggies with Laborfest going on, but thanks to all who stopped out. Dorothy was celebrating a Bday and we wish her a good one.
Saturday night at the Varsity was probably our best night of the weekend. Jason put up some extra lights that made it fun to play. Thanks to the Brookins’ gang, Nina, Arden, Earl, Bob and Lisa for stopping out.
Gary filled in at Crazyhorse on a cold Sunday night. We had a crowd for a while, but people eventually went back to their campfires as it was a chilly night. I think we’re done there until next season. Wish it would have ended better.
Friday (tomorrow) has us at Hammy’s for the 1st time. Cyndi & I have played there with Gary, and I’ve played many afternoon jams, but it’s a first for the band. It’s listed on the homepage as 6 -10,  but we’re playing 7 – 11.
We’re back at Wiggies on Saturday for Lexie Seaver’s benefit from 4 – 8.
Sunday has Cyndi & I back at the Castaway jam in Indianford from 3 -7. See you there and see you soon!

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