Archive for April, 2013

Gary McAdams Band / Varsity Lanes / Hammys / More Drums

A weekend that started on Friday night at Bruce Hahn’s place in Milton with the Gary McAdams band. Turns out it was a benefit for homeless Rock County teenagers. It was a good crowd and a good time. Gary, Cyndi, Shawna Moore Schultz, and long with husband Mark Schultz, and I played. Jerry Dabson and Jr. Moore also stopped out and played a few. Rich Longhenry did quite the job of auctioneering and sang “The Auctioneer Song” with the band. I heard from Gary that a good amount of money was also raised. We really thank Bruce for putting this together.

Rainbow Bridge was back at the Varsity Lanes in Milton on Saturday. I was worried that it might be a slow night as it wasn’t advertised in the Kicks section. But a 30th birthday made for a packed house all night long. And yes, Bob had another drum set on Saturday. Seems he and Lucas Brookins went drum shopping that afternoon and Bob came home with another set. Musicians would say that Bob has a bad case of “GAS” – Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Can’t blame him; I’d have a house full of guitars if money was no object. Lucas also played a couple with the band and did his usual good job. It was a fun night and thanks to all who stopped out.

We finished on Sunday at Hammys and celebrated Gloria’s birthday. Gloria has been very supportive of the band for many years and we’re glad she brought her gang out and partied with us. It was a beautiful day with a lot of bikes, and we had a great crowd. Both the new songs,”Downtown” and “Leather and Lace” are going over well.

The Gary McAdams Band will be at the Country Corners in McFarland this Friday; not sure of the hours but’s it’s probably an 8:30 or 9:00 start.
Rainbow Bridge has a double header on Saturday starting at Kutters Harley Davidson in the afternoon from 2 – 5, and then at Sneakers Saturday night from 9 – 1. I don’t the details about Kutters as of yet, but will find out.

I’ll be back at the Sandtrap jam on Sunday from 3 – 7. Looks like a busy weekend! Stop out and say hello.

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Tremors / New Drums / New Songs / Sandtrap jam

Another double-header at Tremors and thanks to all who stopped out. We had decent crowds both nights; been better, been worse. Of course, the “Break in the Weather” was happening Saturday, but I think a lot people preferred to be dancing indoors. On Saturday, Greg (forgot last name) brought out a Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty that he let me play for a set. This is the same guitar that Peter Frampton plays, except this had a Bigsby tremolo. It was fun and felt good to me. Apparently, Greg is having trouble with nerve damage and doesn’t play that much anymore. He just wanted to share the joy of his guitar with someone he knew would appreciate it. And I did! Speaking of equipment, Bob debuted yet another drum set this weekend. Nice looking and sounded good to me. When we finished on Saturday, Diamond Ted, and Russ Doiel (both drummers) were checking it out. We had a practice on Saturday afternoon and learned “Downtown”, a new song from Lady A, and we brought back “Leather and Lace”, the Stevie Nicks / Don Henley duet. We played them both twice on Saturday night with a good response on both. All said, it was a fun weekend at Tremors.

We went our separate ways on Sunday as Gary and Cyndi were at the Marine Corp League and I was at the Sandtrap. The big surprise on Sunday was Scotty Vogl showing up at the Sandtrap. He’s out of the hospital and feeling better. He said he’ll probably give up playing regularly, so we’ll see what happens. Cary Farmer doesn’t want to do the Sandtrap jam in the summer, but Jr. Moore, Kirk, and I all agreed to keep it going if possible. I’ll keep you posted.

Rainbow Bridge is back in Milton this Saturday at the Varsity Lanes from 8 – 12. Always fun to play in the hometown and great pizza!
We’ll be at Hammys on Sunday afternoon from 3 – 7. Stop out and say hello. We’ll see you there!

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Benefit for Michelle Dubey @ Hemmingways Port of Call in Lake Geneva

The band was off this weekend, but we got a last minute call do to a benefit on Saturday for Michelle Dubey at Hemmingways Port of Call in Lake Geneva. Michelle has cancer and we hope she beats it. I don’t know her personally, but she has a lot of friends and support. This fundraiser was held all weekend with live music all three days. We were scheduled to play an hour set starting about 7:00, but things events are always subject to change. We started around 8:00 and wound up playing almost 3 sets. Sound was provided which made for an easy in and out. We had a great time and were well received. Again, the focus is on Michelle, but this might be a possible place for the band in the future. It’s good for me as I can home afterward.

We’re back at Tremors this Friday and Saturday. I’ll be at the Sandtrap jam in Edgerton on Sunday from 3 -7; not sure who’s playing yet.
The band is planning a practice Saturday afternoon and will hopefully add a couple a new songs for Saturday night. Stop out and say hello. We’ll see you there!

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Spirits / Sandtrap Jam

Just the one night for the band at Spirits. We had a steady, decent crowd that got busier as the night went on. All said, it was a fun time and thanks to all who stopped out.
It was keyboard night as both Dave Hernandez and John Cammilleri were out. We had both get up and play with us. Although she holds her own just fine on the keyboard, I think Cyndi was a little intimidated. I get the same feeling when players like Steve Peck, and Kaj Anderson are in the room – just to name a couple! Both Dave and John sounded great and made the night more fun.

I played the Sandtrap jam on Sunday again with Junior Moore on bass. I talked with Scotty and he’s doing okay; still in the hospital, but feeling better. Steve Kasprazak stopped out and did a great job singing and playing Jr.’s upright bass. Jeanie Fox and Gene Church also got up and sang a few. It was a fun time and a good crowd. We’ll be back in two weeks.

The band is off this coming weekend. After that, we’ll be back at Tremors on Friday and Saturday. I’ll be at the Sandtrap again that Sunday. Stop out and say hello!

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Scotty Vogl / Hammys

Scotty Vogl, bass player at the Sandtrap jam, has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and is in a Madison hospital having surgery today – Tuesday. We hope he’s well and back to playing soon.

Another double dose of Hammys this weekend for the band. We were off on Friday, so I hosted a jam here in West Allis at a bar called Dopps and had a good time.

I headed out Saturday morning to Hammys where the band hosted the afternoon jam session. We had more jammers than expected and were not able to get everybody up, which we feel bad about, but we did our best. If there’s a next time, we’ll be more prepared. All said, it was a great crowd and a great time. It felt good too that we were done for the day after this gig and could take it easy that night. A few of us stopped at Tremors to catch “With a Bullet”. I was getting tired and headed out early.

We were back at Hammys again on Easter Sunday and had another good time. I actually won one of the raffles; I usually don’t enter but might more often now! Hammys had raffles and food put out in honor of the day. It was fun wandering through the crowd on breaks (both days) as I got to say hello to and meet new people. It wasn’t a jam that day, but we did have Lucas Brookins sit in on a few.

We’ll be back at Spirits this Saturday from 8-12 which should be a good time. I’ll be at the Sandtrap jam in Edgerton on Sunday from 3 – 7. Jr. Moore will again be filling in for Scotty.
Stop out and say hello.

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